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Nortluboro — 'Rev. Charles J Sta- 
ples, 79, who retired a little more 
than a year ago as pastor of the 
Unitarian church after more than 
a half century of active ministry. 
passed away yesteiday at his 
home, 95 West Main street. West- 

He preached last Sunday in the 
Westhoro church substituting for 
the pastor, Rev. Edward MoGlen- 
en. His death came as a shock to 
bis many friends in this section 
where lie was particularly well 
known and much rjspected. 

"He was a native of Pennsylvan- 
ia. He was graduated from .Brrvwn 
University with the degree A. B.. 
lu 1878, and from the Harvard 
Divinity School, with the degree 
S T If, in l s s l . He wa* ordained 
to the ministry in 1SS2. His father 
was also a Unitarian minister and 
the family had lived in .Vendon 
and in Lexington. 

iRev. Mr. Staples ha'i a ministry 
in Manchester, New Hampshire, 
and then went to Burlington. Ver- 
mont where he had one of the 
largest Unitarian churches in Ver- 
mont for IT years. From Burling- 
ton he went to the Unitarian 
Church in Northboro. where lie 
served until 19.14. While in North- 
boro he was interested in the 
work of the Boy Scouts, Northbo- 
ro Historical Society Mid civic- 
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I) C: Bliot of Chicago: Robert of 
Texas and Warren of Pennsyl- 
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Undertaker Stanley s Stephenson 
of Northboro. Burial will be in 
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Pictures tnken of Holeombe p- rty who spent t] c 
week-end of Januar; witi us. 


Sunday, January E, 1926 Cloudy 

This rooming about eleven o'clock Mr. Eagon drove in 
the yard with the buckboard, and the entire Holcombe party jumped 
in and were taken for a ride over the estate. They certainly 
were a colorful group in their bright skii suits and tarns. 

It was a very pretty morning to start out on such a 
ride for we had had a light fall of snow during the night. 

Seven of the boys and girls left for home late this 
afternoon leaving Mr and Mrs Holcome and their son for another 

Linners were served to 102 guests today. 

Monday, Janu ar y 6, 1956 Fair 

Hrs Lmma Mc-djeska, one of our very faithful cooks, left 
today for a short vacation. We are going to miss her, for she 
always has a cheerful greeting for everyone. In her own odd little 
accent she flatters us all by saying, "Good morning, pretty lady 
or "Hello, little princess" or "Aren't ycu darling'." 

Even the birds and squirrels we know will miss hearing 
her call "Come on little babies," as she feeds them. 

This morning very early there were swarins of birds all 
chatting together and wondering, we suppose, what had happened 
to their good friend. 

Tuesday , January 7, 19 56 

Mr Lorenzo Dame the "Roving Reporter" from the Boston 
Herald, is again spending the night here. 

During these quiet winter months there are many things 
to do to keep us occupied. Clippings have to be posted in a 
large scrapbook, the library must be checked, the diary written, 
and inventory taken of everything in the house. Lie checking 
a few old things in the original dining room we came across a 
small glass bottle with this slip of paper in it - 

"I am returning this souvinir??? because I have asked 
the Almighty God to take charge of my life and affairs." 

Checking back on the inventory cards we founo that a 
little Betty lamp and this same little glass bottle had been 

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Taken by some one in 1927. In 1933 a small package arrived without 
name or address of sender, and in it we found these articles nicely- 
wrapped with the slip of paper enclosec. 

One wonders if the peace of mind thus brought about will 
not be sufficient reward - 

Wednesday, Ja nuary 8, 1956 Fair 

Mrs Charles Morgan who has been resident hostess since 
early fall, left Monday to stay with friends in Brookline. She 
has made many friends here because of her keen sense of humor, and 
her willingness to help everyone. 

Just one of the many generous things she did while here 
was to knit sleeveless sweaters for the men whose work at the Inn 
carried them out doors part of the time. 

We are all going to miss her and will be glad to welcome 
her back. 

Thursda y, January 9, 1956 Cloudy - Snow storm late P M 

We have been having remarkable weather for this time of 
year and for days the skating has been perfect. 

About 4:30 this afternoon we were surprised to see huge 
snowflakes falling. Inside of fifteen minutes the ground was 
covered with a heavy blanket of snow and just wet enough to spoil 
the skating. 

Clipping from Boston Post 

"Wayside Amenities - Great auditorium 
and forum meetings are giving way in New England 
to the "tiny town meeting" idea where great and little 
subjects are discussed. For instance, there's the 
"Wayside Group". A group meets at the Henry Ford 
Museum rendezvous in Sudbury for dinner and talk. 
There' s rarely ever more than 15 and a secretary to 
a college professor does the clerical work - post 
card notices, etc. There are no dues - everything 
Dutch, In this fraternity are E H Schell, Lionel 
Carter, Grafton L Wilson, M L. Liming, ana Dr Parker 
Kayden. Sometimes an archaeologist, sometimes an 
explorer, a literary man, is the centre of discussion. 
He's informally plied with questions. Once or twice 
Henry Foro himself has been there ana joined in 
distributing apples to the party as his personal 
contribution. " 



Friday , January 10. 1956 Fair 

There must have been some very disappointed girls in 
Sudbury and Marlboro toaay when they were notified that there 
would be no dancing classes tonight in the ballroom. Ihe girls 
have Just one little freshman to blame who developed the Mumps. 

We did not hear until tooay that Mr Rosswell Blandy of 
Watertown, one of our most friendly guests, had died on Ner Year 1 s 

&r Blanoy has been coming for many years and being 3 
te visitor to some of our boys, often stopped in to see us rhen 
going to or coming from the school. 

We'll miss his visits very much and know the boys will 
feel that they have lost a good friend. 

Satur da y, January 1 1. 1956 Fair 

These spring like oays tempt young boys who have bicycles, 
and today several rode over from Maynard. When asked how far they 
were from home one answered, "Taking the short cut ever it was 
seven miles thru the mua but we intend to return by way of the state 
road which will be about nine miles!" 

Mr Allan H Mac Intyre of Boston and Mr Howard S Lovel of 
Plymouth are to be house guests tonight. 


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From time bo time the cooks, the waitresses or t .e host- 
esses have been mentioned in the li~ry, bit "J .ekson' 1 , our little 
canary, al tho greatly admired, is seldom written about. 

He aoes his snare of the entertaining "ten tries to 

compete with a hostess who may be telling the story. 

Mr. Cou. ter, the house man, presenter aim with tiny 
bell recently and alt^o Jackson isn't quite sure whether he likes 
it or not, tries it out occasionally and appears to be ouite sur- 
prise! eac. time it rings. 

rs. Anna Bowers ani Mr. Lyman hooker of Framingham 
come up for breakfast every Sunday morning. 

Emma, the cook, wants to know exactly who is ordering, 
for if it is Mr. hooker she adds an extra iash of something or 
other to the eggs that makes them better than anything he ever , 

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Rain l"te P. ! 

A call was male by Mr. Ruff in zC the Somerville Plrnt, 
reserving ' table for luncheon to . iLs guests were 

Mr. Chris. H. Folland of Dearborn aid Mr. Luk. ;, :. : r. EL P. 

Martin and Mr. J ck '.'.. Peterson of Detroit, M: ' an. 

These men a re employe ,: by the F - ny be 

i nspect Fori Plants, so consequently are travelling much of the 

r. Peterson's v/ife ar tighter called on us last 

simmer, and we have the little girl's picture in the liary. 

We notice:! the ?ther lay that several of t LI "tones 

had been placed in the field in front of the pill. One or two have 
been placed in front of the mill, others 3gainst the b~nk or - stone 
but all arranged so they nay be easily seen from the i -ere they 

h°lo to to iks picturesqu eness. 

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The regular sewing classes were hell today far the Red- 
stone and Southwest School children. 

About four o'clock t rternoon thirty members of the 

srican Institute of Decor tors came to go through the Inn. Ihey 
-re attending a three lay convention which is being leld at the 
hotel Statler in Boston. 

ble remarks were he bhe; went from room I'- 

room, and several said their visit to the Inn was one of the high- 
lights of their trip. 

The president of the Na tional Institute, Mr. Fr-^.nk 
W. Richardson of N ew York, signed for the group. 


Interior Decorators Say 
Sentiment to Change 

Head of the American Institute of 
Decorators winch is holding its con- 
vention here. 

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A religious revival, probably world- 
wide in scope, is on the way. With it 
will come a return to family sentiment. 
People will allow themselves to he more 
emotional and less practical. The so- 
cial customs of the gay nineties may 

These predictions are made by leaders 
in the field of interior decorating, archi- 
tecture, and the affiliated professions. 
Prominent members of these professions 
are in Boston to attend the three-day 
convention of the national board of 
governors of the American Institute of 
Decorators at the Hotel Statler. 

William A. Kimbel, head of the New 
York Chapter of the institute, and presi- 
dent of one of the oldest decorating 
Arms in the country, summed up the 
change in decoration and people in a 
few words yesterday as the convention 
got under way. 

"At present, this is, and ha6 been, a 
materialistic age," he stated. "It has 
been an irreligious age. People have 
shown their dislike of family senti- 
ment, personal emotion and such things 
and have preferred instead, practical 
simplicity in everything they do. 

"Years of study, however, have shown 
us that the trend runs in cycles. The 
purely practical thing can never satisfy 
a human being for a great period. So 
that it is safe to predict that in a few 
years, how soon we do not know, we 
shall find that the opposite phase is be- 
ginning to appear. 

The convention, which opened .yester- 
day, will continue today and tomor- 
row. The president of the National 
Institute is Frank W. Richardson of 
New York, and John R. Reardon, Jr., 
is president of the Massachusetts Chap- 


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ffedn esday t Ja nuary 15 r 1956 Clou ly 

Dancing classes were held this afternoon. Mr. Young an- 
nounced there would be no Friday evening classes this week because 
the boys are still in quarantine. So far no new cases of MUMPS have 

developed in the schools. 

Mr. Coulter picked some pussy willows near the sun 
porch today. 

Large covered glass jars have replaced the open bowls 
and preserve jars used for o. ives, pickles and relishes in the pan- 
try and are a great improvement. 

Thursday, January 16 , 1956 Fair 

There has been so much iiscussion in the past about 

bills that we have become two iollar bill conscious. We never give 
-me for change wit nout first inquiring if it is agreeable to the one 

who is receiving it. 

Clipping from Boston Post 

A friend who handles considerable pa- 
per money in the course of a day's work 
was speaking of the £2 Mils which some 
persons consider "unlucky". Ke said: 
I observe many sorts of mutilation of 
such bills. Some are torn and then hast- 
ily pasted together; corners are torn 
off; they are used as memoranda for tel- 
ephone numbers, etc., ani the latest spe- 
cimen showed evidence of having been used 

to ligr.t a cigarette, as the end was 
charred for about an inch of its length. 
Cashiers carry very few $2 bills, 
and payrolls do not seem to require 

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which have been placed 
under the limbs of one 
of the o?k trees to pro- 
tect it. 

"But noon and night, the panting teams 
Stop unier the great oiks, that t'*,row 
I angles of light and shade below 
On roofs and doors and winlow-sills.'' 

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Friday, January 17, 1956 

When Miss Dorojtbj: Landall, t.,e teacher in t:,e Redstone 

School, came in this morning for her key, she was carrying a i^rge 

pasteboard box and a paper bag well f iile -i . What she had in them 

stial remains a mystery, but she mentioned t: -^t today being -> very 
special lay she had pi-^nne f ° party. A party to c ildren generally 

meons s met.-ing to eat, so we have ir-iwn our >wn conclusions as to 
what sl±e may have been carrying . 

This special iay is ti.e n'nt - anniversary of the opening 
of Redstone School. 

M r. and Mrs. Morse who came a short time ago, come again 
for luncheon today. Ihey looker! arouni for a while and finally went 
to the b^r room to chat. 

Mr. Morse said to ^ne ~f the hostesses, " A'hile we were here 
on our last visit we absorbed some of the atmospnere of the Inn. 
A fey; days later as I was driving along my thoughts went from the I^n 
to Mr. Ford, an I fina ly to the Lincoln car. I decided right then and 
there to bay a Lincoln Z ephyr. So that's '/'hers y.u sold a carl" 

Professor Edgar II. Barker who has taught at the Lowell Pex- 
ti e Institute fot over t. irty years, explained to us toi^y t e entire 
process of flax raising an I spinnin. . 

Professor Barker brought with him a young student, Sidney 
Town send of Leeds, England. 

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Saturday, Jfigftgary 18, 1956 


The first big snow storm to boast ab ut, and the weither man 
predicts another day of it at least. 


Rover at School Near Wayside Inn — Hears Pupils Recite New 

Year Resolutions to Nice Teacher — Memories Evoked — 

His Own Pledge for 1936— Will He Keep It? 

Miss Dorothy Landall, the teacher, 
sat the Rover down in the rear of 
the Mary Lamb school near the 
Wayside Inn. For all he knew, or 
cared, he was occupying the dunce 
corner. That would not be new for 
him. although it was decidedly novel 
to be sitting in this ancient red 
schoolhouse to which Mary took her 

The Rover felt something sweep 
over him. He felt the years slide 
away, a sudden warm glow of ap- 
parently new and yet familiar life 
creep into his senses. In short, he 
seemed a child again, 5 or 6 years 
old, sitting with children of Jjis own 
age before a teacher who was almost 
too nice to be true. 

There on a hook beyond the old- 
fashioned wood stove was the sailor 
hat mother used to make little Rover 
wear, with odious ribbons hanging 
down the back. He was sporting his 
favorite blouse, however, with a red 
eagle embroidered just above the 
breast pocket where he kept his 
jackknife. He had corduroy trous- 
ers which rubbed musically when he 
walked, which he had sneaked into 
that morning and which had been 
discovered by mother too late for 
her to put on the ones that matched 
the blouse. 

It was the day on which the chil- 
dren had to recite their new year's 
resolutions to Miss Landall. 

"I am going to try to be good in 
school, dancing and all my work," 
piped a tow-haired girl in front of 
the Rover's wooden bench. 

"I am going to do much better in 
school," said a boy with red hair. 
"I will be good in 1936 and . . ." 
The Rover almost saw tht boy swal- 
low the *1937" which the rashness 
of his enthusiasm had prompted. 
It was not heard. 

"I am not going to whisper in 
arithmetic, nor turn around and 
bother others while they are work- 
ing," said a girl with dignity and 

and in somewhat the precise way 
of Miss Landall's own speech. 

"I am not going to wink at visi- 
tors when they come to see our 
school," promised a bright eyed 

"I am going to drink my soup 
every day," said a gastronome in 
the corner. 

"I am going to finish everything, 
because sometimes I don't," de- 
clared a girl, with a curtsy to Miss 

The next boy droned : "I am going 
to resolve to pJay fairly and not to 
cheat. I am going to try to remem- 
ber to put my handkerchief over 
my mouth when I cough or sneeze 
at school, and at home, too." Teacher 
looked pleased at this proof thau 
hygiene lessons had been learned. 

"I am going to get better marks 
this year," said another aspirant for 

Then the Rover, whose adult ears 
had been attuned to this faithfully 
reported series of class promises, but 
whose person and history seemed to 
have shrunk to the size of the prom- 
isers, suddenly thought of his own 
New Year's resolution. Its adult 
pomposity was a draught of black 
magic, restoring him to the state of 
his never mind how many actual 

"I will try this day to live a simple, 
sincere and serene life, repelling 
promptly every thought of discon- 
tent, anxiety, discouragement, im- 
purity and self-seeking; cultivating 
cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity 
and the habit of holy silence, exer- 
cising economy in expenditures, 
carefulness in conversation, diligence 
in appointed service, fidelity to every 
trust and a childlike faith in God." 

So with this unoriginal souvenir 
of his addle-pated start of 1936, the 
Rover realized that he could never 
again be a child, but that he could 
still take lessons in benevolent sim- 
plicity from the children whose re- 
solves he had just heard. 

V»e h-^.ve men- 
t med t e Roving Re- 
porter's mme in the 
diary ften to ring 
these Inst few weeks 
because of his fre - 
quent visits, so todiy 

we ~re simply entering 
his article from the 

Boston Herald with ut 

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Thursday, _ January 23 2 1936 Fair, Cold and 
" Windy 

Miss Florence Fisher of the hoLtess staff wrote 
a short article about the Inn which she read to neabers 
of the Church of the Disciples Inst evening. They were 
all very mtsh interested in the story for Many of then 
had been here before. Others who hadn't been here ex- 
pressed a desire to cosae. 

A lovely pheasant has annexed herself to Sana's 
family of birds. 

££iday, January 24, 1936 Fair, Windy, Cold 

It has been very cold all day and the wind has 
blown through every conceivable place. The snail dining 
rooa which is usually so warm and cozy, could not be 
used. Three guests eaae in about noon and were so nearly 
frozen they sat down on the hearth in front of the fire 9 
place to thaw out before having luncheon. 

We are looking forward to a busy spring and suia- 
aer, that is if we can judge correctly by the nuaber of 
inquiries coining in. 

The suamer months sees to be the most popular 
time for conventions and reunions but aenbers of the Am- 
erican Caaping Association are considering March 7th as 
a tentative date to entertain two hundred guests at 

The Eastern Steamship Goapany also inquired a- 


Friday, January 24, 1936 (continued) 

bout tourist groups coming every Monday for luncheon dur- 
ing the summer. 

Mr. Thomas of the Gray Line submitted menus 
from the Inn for a party of one hundred or more on May 20th 
and during the s?fae month Mrs. R 1 Cutter of "."orcester 
hopes to entertain seventy at luncheon. 

The Zonta Club members evidently enjoyed their 
last meeting here and have made a definite reservation for 
some time in October for 100-150. October seems a long way 
off but members througout the United States must be noti- 
fied of their meeting place between now and then. 

Saturday, January 25, 1936 Fair 

Very few school groups come to the Inn during the winter 
monthe so we were rather surprised this afternoon when 
twenty nine girls and boys from the Providence St. Junior 
High School of "'oreester, filed in. 

Miss Lula Mills and Miss Elizabeth Putnam, tea- 
chers of art in this school, had taken the children to :ee 
the glass flowers at Harvard and to the Art Museum, before 
coming here, "e are always pleased when children come back, 
to the bar to buy postal cards, for we know then that it ha 
has made an iaores: ion on them. 


j^nd^y^_J^nuarv i _26 il _1936 


From year to year we look forward to the Retreat 
of the Universalis t Ministers and the time has age in ar 
-rived for them to celebrate their thirty-fourth. 

Dr. Vincent Tomlinson of V/orcester end Mr. Albert 
Hamme$t of Longmeadow were as usual the first to arriue 
today. They like to be here to greet the others. 

We expected the usual number of six or seven to 
stay tonight, the others following in the morning, but 
were pleasantly surprised each time we opened the door 
to see two or thaee more, bringing the total uo to six- 

The last to arrive were Dr. Frank Hall of New 
York, and Dr. Theodore Fischer of New Haven, Conn, who 
came on the New York train. They were met in Framingham 
by Mr. Estabrook, arriving here about ten o'clock. 

At quarter of eleven they were sitting around the 
fireplace anjoying their pipes, but what happened after 
that time is unknown to us, for we disappeared, leaving 
them in charge of the Inn. 

The names of the ministers who arrived 

Dr. Vincent Tomlinson Dr. Roger Etz 

Mr. Albert Hammett Dr. 

Dr. Richard Sykes Dr. 

Mr. Seth Brooks Mr. 

Dr. John Van Schaick Dr. 

Dr. William Wallace Rose Mr. 

Dr. Lee McCollester Dr. 

Dr. Frederic Perkins Mr. 

todTay are 

W H McPher son (Guest) 
Frank Hall 
Wallace Fiske 
Theodore Fischer 
M A Kapp 
G H Leining 
Fred G Leining 

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Sund£jr i _Januar^_26 1 _1936 - _ (coat . ) 



South Sudbury, Mass. 
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January 27-28-29, 1936 

Prior - Frater Frank Oliver Hall 

Monday, January 27 

3:00 P.M. Twilight Hour 

"My Most Difficult Problem" 

Leader: William Wallace Rose 

8:00 P.M. Illustrated Lecture 

"Korea, Manchukuo and China" 
Vincent E Tomlinson 

Tuesday^ January^ 28 
9:30 A.M. Business Meeting 

10:00 A.M. "Is Man the Unknown?" 

Leader: John van Sckaick, Jr 

3:00 P.M. Twilight Hour 

"World -Renouncing Men" 
Leader : Max A Kapp 

5-6 P.M. Quiet Hour 

8:00 P.M. Social Evening 

Wednesday, January 29 

10:00 A.M. Upper Room Service 

Leader: Lee 3 McCollester 

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Monday, January 27, 1936 


TTe feel that the ministers are having a wonderful 
£ime. There seems to be a restful atmosphere everywhere. 
This year we have planned nothing in particular, feeling 
that they would rather plan their own activities, but 
they full> understand that any wish they may have will 
be granted. 

Soon after lunch several of the group went up to 
the ballroom and sang. Their voices blended beautifully- 
the kind of blending that makes the tightening of one's 

77e were told that they are forming a chorus of 
ministers, and have had the pleasure of herring their 
first rehearsal. 

"'e noticed outdoors during the afternoon two of 
the men throwing rubber horse shoes over the radiator 
cap of a oar, and indoors a game of Badmonton was being 
played in the large ball room. 

This evening all were cordially invited to the lee 
-ture given by Dr. Tomlinson on "Korea, Manchukuo and 
China". Dr. Tomlinson was attired in a beautiful red ki- 
mono, evidently brought by hirr, from the Orient. 

The entire group formed in the bar room before 
the lecture singing the first verse of "Holy, Holy, Holy" 
and as they marched to the parlor, sang the remaining 
verses of the hymn. 



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Universalist Ministers 
34th Annual Retreat 

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Tuesday, January 28, 1936 Fair 

Our guests are all early risers, and by eight 
o'clock are usually seated in the Old dining room for 

Dr. Perkins, a very dignified gentleman, has 
been jollied considerably about his a^Detite. and this 
morning when asked if he cared for more sausage he said, 
"No tt . In an instant all joined in with much gusto, "No, 
No, a Thousand Times, No. 1 

This year they seem to be musically inclined 
and hardly a meal passes without a sng of some sort. 

Dr. George Huntley and Dr. Leroy Goons arrived 
at ten o'clock in time to hear Dr. van Schaick's talk, 
"Is Man the Unknown," which took place in the old kitchen, 
the favorite place for all activities. 

Eighteen ministers and three guests enjoyed having 
dinner in the old kitchen, but the big event of the even- 
ing was the spelling bee! On the table in the centre of 
the room reposed the authority of the evening: Webster's 
dictionary! This dictionary was presented by Miss Mabel 
Welch for €he special use of the Universalist Ministers' 
Retreat and was first used at the time-honored spelling 
game on Jamie ry 24, 1928. 

The men have been marking the ice on Josephine 
Pond today- the signal for a snow storm. 

Wednesday, ^January 2S, 1936 Fair 

The communion service which was held this morn- 
ing brought the thirty-fourth Retreat to a close. Some of 
the ministers left immediately after the service, ten only 
remaining for luncheon. 

TJe who have been fortunate to be here with this 
fine group of men, look forward with pleasure to their 
next Retreat. 

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Je^nesday, January 29, 1936 (cont.) 

The complete list 
Retreat is as follows; 
Dr. Vincent E Tomlinson 
Mr. Albert Hammett 
Dr. Richard E Sykes 
Mr. Seth Roger Brooks 
Dr. John van Schaick 
Mr. William Wallace Rose 
Dr. Lee McCollester 
Dr. Frederick W Perkins 
Dr. Roger Etz 
Dr. Frank Hall 
Mr. Wallace G Fiske 
Dr. Theodore Fischer 
Mr. MA Kapp 
Dr. G H Leining 
Mr. Fred C Leining 
Dr. E Dean Ellenwood 
Dr. Leroy Coons 
Dr. George Huntley 

of ir.en who attended the 

Worcester, Mass. 
Longraeadow, Mass. 
Canton, N.Y. 
Maiden, Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Lynn, Mass. 
Tufts College 
Washington, D.C. 
Med ford, Mass. 
New York 
Orange, Mass. 
New Haven, Conn. 
Fitchburg, Mass. 
Braintree, Mass. 
Syracuse, N.Y. 
Woonsocket, R.I. 
Brookline, Mass. 
Peabody, Mass. 

Dr. ... H McPherson, President of the Universalist General 

Convention - Guest for entire Retreat. 

Mr. V A Friend, Melrose, Mass. -\ 

Mr. Robert W Hill, 3alem,Mass. [ Dinner guests Jan. 27th 

Mr. A Bicknell, Belmont, Mass. J 

We have had several inquiries since the snow 
storm regarding sleighing parties. Mrs. William Ames of 
North Easton, Mass. entertained her guests in the old kit- 
chen at one thirty, and after dinner Mr. Egan took them 
for a sleigh ride. Knowing that they weren't used to rid- 
ing in the open, we anticipated tingling feet and hands, 
so on tneir return they found roaring fires and a bowl of 
rosy apples waiting for them. 

Mrs. Ames sleighing pary. (Mr. Thomas Egan, Driver). 

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Thursday, ^January 30 a 1936 Fair 

Miss Dorothy Landall brought her little pupils from 
the Redstone School to go through the Inn today." The older 
children v/ho had been through the Inn before remembered 
many of the things, and were eager to tell Miss Fisher a- 
bout them_ instead of waiting while she told the younger 
ones. It is really quite amusing to stand in the back- 
ground and listen to the remarks of the children. It isn't 
an uncommon occurrence to be wedged between a grouo of 
them, being nearly suuffocated from the heat of the fire- 
place, while they eagerly listen to explanations of early 
ligatmg, etc. y 

More and more birds are coming every day , nd now rQ 
are feeding then cracked corn and oats from the mill. Much 
ol it is being placed around the front of the Inn and late 
-xy we have seen several pheasants raingline with the other 
biros. Jackson, our little canary, seemed quite excited 
by tne unusual number of birds in the lilac bush outside 
his window and while flitting excitedly from ^erch to 
perch, burst forth with a beautiful song. 

This article by Dr. van Schaick, one of our rainis- 
uar%5 PP 1936^ ^ ^ pa?er ' " The Chri - S tisn Leader", Jan- 
Out at the Wayside Inn 
one winter day after a heavy 
snow storm, the sun came out 
so bright and warm that it be- 
fean to thaw. We were in the old 
kitchen listening to a deep dis- 
cussion and beginning to get tired 
when a flock of black-capped chic- 
kadees lighted on a trellis cov- 
ered with the dried up branches 
of a perennial vine, and for the 
reot of the session they out on a 
beautiful exhibition of searching 
every possible place in that corner 
for food. The drip, drio of the 
water down the long icicles, the 
vine free from snow, the beauti- 
ful active little birds, the glit- 
tering snow fields, the blue sky, 
and the sun pouring into the old 
kitchen, remain in my conscious 
mind, while the speeches have all 
gone down deep in the subconscious. 

^i c i?Y» -January ^31, 1936 Fair 

Dr. and~M?£:~Lyman~Hoyt of Brookline and their two 
children, Mary Joanna and George, came today. They are 
Planning to be with us until Sunday afternoon and are 
occupyamg the Jerusha and Garden rooms. 

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Wayside Inn Diary 
Thursday, _ January 30, 1936 (cont.) 



Boys filling ice house near Josephine Po 


Page 7 


Saturday, February 1, 1936. Fair 

The waitresses are enjoying the heat from the ra- 
diator which has been installed in the pantry. The pantry 
being on the north side of the house and having five 
large windows, has been very cold and hard to heat. 




Dr. And Mrs. Lyman Hoyt and family of Brookline 
who have been here since Friday, left today. They have 
been having a wonderful time, for all are extremely fond 
of out door life and have had perfect weather for skiing, 
skating and tobogganing. 

Mid year examinations are over in the colleges 
and many students have been here today. The ride out in 
the country no doubt tempting them after days of intense 
study. Seven bright looking Chinese boys from Massachu- 
setts Institute of Technology came in about noon to look 
around, and signed in our special book. 

Monday, February 3, 1936 


BROWNIE - Margaret Proven - Marilyn Fields 

Everyone knows Brownie! Even peoole going by on 
the Boston Post Road in cars stop to talk to him if he 
happens to be peeking over the stone wall. Years ago Mr. 
Frank Campsall bought him for his children, and since 
then he has made his home in the barn near the white 
house east of the Inn. 

Mr. Fields who occupies this same white house, 
bought Brownie for his daughter Marilyn, a student in the 
Southwest School. She is often seen driving by the Inn 
with her friends. 

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Thursday, February 6, 1936. (cont) 

our mill products are sold. 

F^33Y*-£ebruary_7 A _1936. Cloudy 

Mrs. Alexander, who has charge of all Freshmen girls 
entering VTellesley College, brought a group of ten for lun- 
cheon today. So often we find girls and boys of this age 
are more interested in the ultramodern, but these fine 
young ladies were thrilled with everything from the Betty 
lamp to the beds with canopies, and couldn't thank us e- 
nough for their pleasant visit. Seven states were represen- 
ted in this small group: 

Ohio Pennsylvania 

Illinois New York 

Alabama New Jersey 

North Dakota 
Ur. L 3 Kimbrrk of Caldwell, N.J. is a house guest 
tonight . 

§§£yr£?Y^_?®££BS£y-? i i..i-5§ Fair 

Today being Saturday we have had several groups 
of little boys to look around. One ao out eight years of 
age Ccir.e on crutches, with his grandmother and grandfather 
from Providence, "hen asked if he had ever been here before 
he answered, "Absolutely not," and during his visit we came 
to the conclusion that "absolutely" was a new word to him 
he used it so often. He loved everything, and when told by 
a hostess that all boys loved the Inn he answered ,.: "I should 
think they would if they are anything like this one," (mean- 
ing himself. ) 

On the following page is a co >y of an article which 
is framed and hanging in the upper hall. It has atracted so 
much attention we have had copies made to give to interested 
guests. The author of this article is unknown to us and we 
have made several visits to libraries in search of informa- 
tion, but as yet have found nothing. One copy was left in the 
Boston Public Library recently and we hope their records will 
reveal the identity of the author. 

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l!J§§£a;£ a _February_4 x _1936 Sleet Storm 

rT Je usually think we can predict the number of 
guests by the weather. each day, and when we found this 
morning a sleet storm had been in progress for several 
hours, were sure Mr. Baker of 7?ellesley who had made a 
resrvation for a party of eight, would not come. All day 
his reservation stayed on the bar with "choice on arrival" 
written on it, seeming to make it all the more indefinite. 
However, the storm meant nothing to them and they arrived 
in time for dinner. Among Mr. Baker's guests were a Mr. 
and Mrs. R, Sanger of Hong Kong. 

During these quiet winter months two hostesses only 
have l>een on duty. One from eight to four-thirty and the 
second one coming on at noon and staying until nine o'clock 
or until the 1st guests have gone. It has worked out very 

Every evening one of our school boys comes down to 
help the hostess who is alone, and even tho it may not be 
busy, it's rather nice to have a man in the house! Roy 
Robinson made his first appearance last evening. He made a 
fine impression on us being willing to help, eager to 
learn, and pressed and polished to the nth degree. He is 
only a Freshman but is making a good start, if we are judg- 
ing correctly. 

The seventh and eighth grade girls from the South- 
west School are making very pretty woven belts and came to- 
day for instructions. 

7/ednescay, February 5, 1936. Fair 

Miss Fisher attended a rausicale at the Hotel Stat- 
ler this morning. The artists were Giovanni Martinelli, 
tenor, and Emanuel Feuermann, cellist. 

The waitresses and hostesses always give Mr. James 
Bakes of Concord a most hearty welcome because he seems 
like one of the family his visits are so frequent. His 
main reason for coning today was to say "Goodbye" to his 
friends before leaving for ".'inter Haven, Florida for the 
remainder of the winter. A few months ago he presented the 
Inn with an old picture, and today he brought a small fold- 
ed paper badly worn with the date 1844 on it - a bill 
signed by his father. Mr. Baker said he had many old papers 
he wished to dispose of and having no children would like 
them to come here. 

Thursday, February 6, 193 6. Fair 

Mrs. Jane Bennett and Miss Dorothy Landa.ll, teach- 
ers in the Southwest and Redstone Schools, are having lunch 
-eon with us during the epidemic of mumps in the Boys 

Miss Fisher is making a poster of the Grist Mill 
which will be displayed in one of the Marlboro stores where 


Sunday, February 9, 1936 

Dr. And Mrs. H V Williams of 7?hitinsville, 
Mass. came in today for dinner in the midst of a snow 
storm. They had books tucked under each arm and settled 
down after dinner in front of the parlor fire to read. 
Dr. Williams was reading about the Norse kings and 
seemed to completely forget his surroundings. 

During the afternoon two gentlemen came and 
signed from Norway. They aJLso settled down in the parlor 
and with the "Tales of B "'ays'ide Inn" opened to one of the 
Norwegian poems, read in low tones to each other. 

Perhaps the voices of the men aroused ^r. Wil- 
liams from his reading, and perhaps the gentlemen noticed 
the title of his book, for somehow these four people were 
brought together who seemed to have so much in common. 

Toward evening Dr. V'illiams ordered tea for 
this party of four, and from the parlor they went to the 
dining room where their discussions were continued over 
the tea cups. 

Perhaps this unexpected meeting may be the be- 
ginning of a fine friendship. 

Monday, February 10, 1936 


We hardly need to mention a name when we speak 
of the Roving Reporter for his articles have appeared in 
the diary and his frequent visits ior overnight are al- 
ways mentioned. Mr. Dame stayed with us again lf-st night 
end plans to come again soon with his mother, for a ride 
in one of our old sleighs. 

The freshman boys often surprise us. Today Mr. 
Coulter found that the bulkhead needed a little repairing 
and asked one of the boys if he knew anything about car- 
penter work. He immediately answered "Yes" and was set to 
work with his tools. He did a fine piece of work etc won 
the approval of Mr. Coulter. 

Tuesday, February 11, 1936 


Everything was removed from the bar room this 
morning in preparation for the repair work which is to 
be done. The dear old one-handed clock which has seen 
so much activity in this room must find it rather lone- 
some at the end of the hall, but it looks so well in 
its present location and seems to tick so much louder, 
it is getting more than its usual attention. 

,T .'e wonder how we'll ever get along without the 
bar, it conceals so mnay necessary articles - pencils, 
books, cards, ink bottles, paper, in fact an endless 
number of things, "/e'll miss the oft repeated question 
too, "Whal' are you serving over the bar today?" This is 
a question every guest seems to think is original! 

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Tuesday, _ (cent. ) 

We peeked in the bar room a few minutes ago rnd 
found they had made great progress in tv/o hours time. 
Most of the floor boards have been taken up and the eel 
-lar is now visible. 

Wednesday, February 12, 1936 Fair 

Although today, Lincoln's birthday, is not a le- 
gal holiday in Massachusetts, it is a legal flag day on 
which the Stars and Stripes should be displayed from 
sunrise to sunset. 

Standing in the fork in the rocd leading to the 
Parmenter sisters* house and to the Ezekiel How house, 
we observed that the underbrush had been cleared away, 
leaving the Ezekiel How house in full view. There is a 
beautiful view from the house looking toward the hills, 
and after gazing intently on their beauty we are attrac- 
ted by n little things near oy-fox and rabbit tracks in the 
snow. We also noticed the little pond in the hollow a- 
cross the road, which until lately has been partly hidden 
by bushes. 

The workmen are still continuing to remove boards 
from the floors and walls in the bar room. 

Thursday, February 13, 1936 Cloudy 

Trie subject for the boys diary for today no 
doubt will be "Mumps" for there are three new cases in the 
school. ™e perhaps shouldn't repeat their topic, but in a 
way it involves us too. "'e claim one of the patients as 
our news, "aino Hakala, our Smnday host. 

We had honed for a Valentine Dance, but as the 
boys seem to choose to be ill in trios, it promises to be 
some time yet before they may mingle with outsiders. 

The history of the Inn and its furnishings was 
told to the boys and girls from the Southwest school to- 

Friday, February 14, 1936 Snow 

A real down east snow storm which started last e- 
vening has continued through the day. The Boston and "or- 
cester buses have discontinued their trips by the Inn, and 
hardly a thing has passed outside of our own farm trucks 
and plows. 

Mrs. Frye of Marlboro who had planned to have a 
valentine party in the old kitchen tonight, postponed it 
until Monday, February 17th. Some of her guests who were 
coming from Boston found it impossible to get here. 

Mrs. Elderkin, the dancing teacher had planned a 
party for the children, and to their great disappoint- 
ment schools were closed at noon in order to get them 

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..fter lunch they usually sit in t 
lor alone snc rend, "cut today the hostesses not 

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- % . Gookin reed, one of the hostesses wrote the di 
-cry, :he other prepared her school work, end in 
t -s lull Mrs. Gojkin fell asleep in our 1 

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We took this snapshot of the poster m 
by Miss Fisher , which is to advertise our mill 
products . 


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Sunday, February 16, 1939 

Light Mist 

For three young ladies brought up in the city, a ride in the 
old sleigh was worth more than anyone could possibly imagine. 
The occupants were Anne, Alice and Catherine Sennott. 

The girls would love coming out every day, but so far their 
visits have been limlited to an occasional Saturday, and us- 
ually a quick Sunday visit. 


Did you ever stop to think of the tragedy of the little hotel at Nazereth, in 
Palestine — the "inn"? 

The parents of Jesus of Nazereth knocked at its doors, and could not come in. 
It might have sheltered the greatest event in the history of the world — the birth 
of Jesus; and it lost the chance. 

Tfhy? Why was Jesus of Nazereth born in a stable? Because the people at the 
Inn were vicious or hostile? Not at all. But the inn was full — every room was 
occupied by people who had money to pay and who must be served — it was full of 

There was "no room in the inn." 

We know men whose lives are like that inn. 

"Arnold's heart is broken," said one man to another recently; "his son is a 
failure and a fool." 

"What can you expect?" the other answered. "Arnold has not given his boy a 
minutes time for ten years," 

Arnold thinks he is a good father: he baa often told his friends tint he is 
working night and day in Business for his wife and boy. 

As a matter of fact, his Business is working him. There is no room in his 
life for anything clsvi. And his son is & fool. 

"You had quite a taste for literature when you left college, didn't you?" we 
asked conother man. 

"Oh, yes," he answered sadly; "but I had to give all that up. A man can't be 
in Business and find room for anything else." 

"I hear Simpson's wife has left him" we heard a third man say; and his com- 
panions replied: 

"She got tired spending her evenings olone, probibly, you know, Simpson always 
says Business comes first." 

In a little village church-yard in England there is this inscription: 

Here '. ±es Peter Bacon, born c m^n and died a grocer. 

Take care that it be net written over you: "Born i man -nd died a Business man. 1 ' 
Make good; but do not sacrifice, in making good, the gifts of life that are best. 

Take care this year to have time for something besides Business — for your 
family, for good books, for an occasional hour when you merely walk under the stars 
and think. 

For in Nazereth, two thousand ye?rs ago, there stood a little inn. And, behold, 
it was so full of Business that the greatest event in the world knocked at its doors 
•md could not come in. 

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Monday, February 17, 1936 


In the southwest corner of the bar room a closet 
projects out into the room but with trie door opening from 
the hall. Today when the plaster was removed, a narrow door 
was disclosed at the opposite er\6 of the closet and bearing 
marks where hinges were originally pieced. On the boards in- 
side the closet there is evidence of a stairway, the marks 
of the treads being only partly covered by print. As the new- 
ly discovered door did not come down to floor level, it was 
four.d that one step extended into the bar room beyond the en- 
closed steirway. 

Dinner was served in the old kitchen tonight for a 
party of eight. Mrs. Robert Frye of Marlboro was the host- 
ess. Mrs. Frye's guests were not aware that the dinner was 
actually cooked in front of the fire until they saw the meat 
on the spit, and heard Maizie explain as she pointed to the 
vegetaoles in the iron kettles hanging on the crane, and the 
steaming Indian pudding in the brick oven. 


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Tuesday, February 18, 1936 


We have been having rain and occasional snow flurries 
since Sunday. The roads are like rivers and the great piles 
of snow are heavy with water. We find that visitors on these 
days are sometimes travelers from a distance who stop in on 
their way, fearing they may not be a^le to come soon again. 

Two teachers from the School for the Blind in Phila- 
delphia made a leisurely trip thru this morning and were 
found to be most interesting. One of the teachers reached 
out to feel the lock on the little desk in the Washington 
room and quickly drawing her hand away she said, "I suppose 
I shouldn't touch anything, but even tho I'm not blind, I like 


things from a blind person's point of view 


Many groups may be shown 
a group of little blind children 
from Perkin's Institute, we feel as 

worth while. 

it e 

3 remember 
made me see," 
that could be said. 

left, "She 

one little 
which was 

through the Inn but on a day 
come, as they so often do 
if we had done something 
blind girl saying as she 
worth more than any thanks 

Wednesday, February 19, 1936 


Wednesday is the day for all diaries to be sent to the 
office. For years the original ones have been sent to Detroit 
where copies have been made for their files, and the original 
ones then returned to us. Starting the first of the year a 

typed copies of the diary only, 
forwarded to Detroit where they 

change was made. We now retain 
and the original ones are then 

Walter Kulikowski, one of our boys, had the biggest 
thrill of his young life toe. ay when he discovered a one dol- 
lar bill in the chains of the farm truck on which he had been 
riding. He ; immediately offered it to the driver, a very good 
point in his favor, but was told to keep;it because he had 
found it. His usual broad smile broadened somewhat! 

Thursday, February 20, 193 6. 


The roads 
skate for miles in 
hard winter because 
warm enough during 
slightly, it has fr 
treacherous. We rea 
roads are so poor. 

The carpe 
in the bar room thi 
placedidiagonally . W 
cracks to the cella 
will make the room, 

are still extremely icy and one could 
any direction. We have found it a very 

of the continuous cold reather, and if 
the middle of the day to melt the ice 
ozen again and made the going even more 
lly shouldn't expect visitors while the 

nters started to lay the rough flooring 
s afternoon, and the boards have been 
e*"ll miss being able to peek through the 
r, but know this method of floor laying 
which has been so drafty, much warmer. . 

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Friday, February 21, 1936 Fair 

This is the first warm day we have hrd for over a 
month. The temperature which has been hovering around zero 
and lower for days, soared to about 34 degrees during the mid- 
dle of the day. 

The children's dancing classes were held this afternoon 
and favors which wers to have been given lest week were usee 

Miss Agnes Condon, one of our waitresses, went tobog- 
ganing with some girls. We watched them from the parlor win- 
dows and were particularly interested in Miss Condon, who 
hadn't been sporting for several years. They climbed aboard 
putting her in front , and down they came. A snow bank at the 
foot of the hill obstructed our view, but we gathered from the 
legs and arms waving in the air above the snow bank, that the 
toboggan ahdn't arrived at the foot of the hill as they had 
hoped it would! 

Miss Minnie E Pohe end Miss Beulah E Lehr of Boston 
are going to occupy our two single rooms tonight and tomorrow 
night . 

Saturday, February 22, 1936 Fair 


In spite of the fact that skii carnivals and snow trains 
were attracting people to the mountains, about one hundred 
people came to the Inn today. 

We have all been interested in a flock of birds that 
have been seen around the Inn and the mill for a couple of 
weeks. Looking through our bird book we found one that answers 
to their discription. It is the "Snowflake", a northern bird 
seldom seen in this section of the country. They are usually 
found in large flocks, and are very restless, starting up as 
one bird, at the slightest noise. The Snowf lakes seem to be 
making their headquarters near the mill. 

Mr. And Mrs. Dickman of Worcester have reserved the 
Ole Bull room for tonight. 


Sunday, February 23, 1936 Fair 

The Black Mansion In Ellsworth, Maine is often 
mentioned by guests and today we were pleased to meet 
Miss Eliasson who has lived in the Black Mansion with 
her parents for over twenty years, buring the winter 
she teaches at La sail Junior College in Auburndale, and 
then returns to her home for the summer months, to make 
welcome their many visitors. 

'"hen his parents were being told aoout the number 
of acres surrounding the Inn, a little seven year old 
boy from Wisconsin looked up quickly and said, "Who pays 
the taxes?" 

The above remark brings to mind the little black 
joke book we used so often a few years ago for the say- 
ings of our guests. It has been neglected of lr-te. ant 
we must get it out again and pick up the loose threads. 

We have had lingering guests today, Mr. and Mrs. 
Daniels of Rhode island, enjoying the fires until nearly 
ten o'clock. 

Monday, February 24, 1936 Cloudy - Light snow late P M 

The Roving Reporter brought his mother out todry 
for luncheon and that promised sleigh ride. They were a- 
musec when they saw our funny little old sleigh with the 
folding top which was pictured in the diary a week ago, 
and enjoyed trieir ride with jolly Mr. Hebb, the herdsman, 
who was also having his first sleigh ride in many yecrs. 

A Potuguese group of young people with their teach 
-er Florence Kidcer, and their pastor J F Knipschild, 
came today from the Brookside Junior Academy, East Taunt- 
on, Ma s s . 

Tuesday, February 25, 1936 Cloudy 

Four of our boys have been up to a I.arlboro mill 
to help with the planing and edging of the floor boards 
for the bar room. The boards were returned today, the 
widest one measuring 30^ inches. 

Checking of the books in the library started this 
afternoon. This is fascinating work and it would be plea- 
sant to linger a little over some of them. 

Dr. and Mrs. Samuel F Marshall of Newton had as 
their guest this evening Dr. R A Stiefel of Battle Creek, 
Michigan. Dr. Marshall who was formerly with the Ford 
Hospital in Detroit, is now connected with the Leahy Clin 
-ic in Boston. 


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Wednesday, February 26, 1936 Cloudy 

Mr. Maurice flewman of Maiden, is making sketches 
of one of our coaches and he is going to model a miniat- 
ure coach drawn by four horses, for the Children's Mu- 
seum in Jamaica Plain, Photographs were shown of his 
work which is on display in the Essex Institute in Salem 
and also in the Children's Museum. His figures are very 
lifelike, and the historical subjects chosen are educa- 
tional and instructive. 

Thursday, February 27, 193 6 Cloudy - Rain late after^- 


This is the 129th anniversary of the birth of the 
poet Longfellow at Portland, Maine, in which city there 
is a bronze monument to his memory. He died at Cambridge 
in 1882, and a Longfellow monument stands in Mt . Auburn 
in that city. As on other years, a wreath rnade by our 
boys under the supervision of Mr. Rorstrum, was placed 
on his grave. 

Mr.* Fred Yeager of Dearborn, Michigan, and Mr. E L 
Duquette, Mr. R T Shekell, and Mr. T J Corcoran of the 
Some rvi lie Plant, came for dinner today. 

Friday, February 28, 1936 Fair 

It's rather a friendly s4g-n- to hear the creaking 
of the Red Horse sign as it swings back and forth in the 
wind. We are having a touch of March weather this twenty 
eighth day of February. 

One solitary sea gull joined in with Emma's birds 
this noon. Some say it is the sign of a stDrm when a gull 
is seen so far inland. Perhaps ;I..arch is getting ready to 
make a boisterous entrance. 

Dr. John Van Schaick, Jr., one of our Retreat mem- 
bers and the editor of the Christian Leader, wrote a very 
interesting article for his paper which will be found on 
the following page. 

Saturday, February 29, 1936 Fair 


Tea seemed to be the most popular choice today 
and toward the last part of the afternoon the little din- 
ing room was quite well filled with elderly ladies chat- 
ting leisurely over their tea, nice young couples here 
anC there, and a lively group of college students who were 
about starved when they came in. The hot outtered toast 
must have tasted as good as steak dinners to them. 

v .'e are expecting an increase in the number of guests 
now that the roads are in better condition. 



Feb. 8, 1936 

Nature and Human Nature 

Two Hundred and Fifty Years of the Wayside Inn 


IXTER gripped the country. In the morn- 
ing the thermometer registered zero. At 
midday it had risen a few degrees, but 
the wind had come up, and every little 
while it whirled the light snow before it and piled it 
in drifts. It was not one of our roughest days, but it 
was wintry. The sun shone all day on fields of snow 
and clumps of pines. As the sun went down and dark- 
ness came, the wind roared through the old oaks 
along the roadside and through the woods not far 

Cn such a day one appreciates, as at no other 
time, the snugness of a comfortable inn — the leaping 
of the flames in the fireplace, the sense of protection 
from the bitter weather, the smoking hot meal of de- 
licious food, the pleasant company, and the corner up 
under the roof to which at length he can retire and 
which he can call his own. 

These reflections came unpremeditated and un- 
forced on a winter day at the Wayside Inn, on the 
Albany Post Road, seventeen miles west of the old 
town of Eoston and in the township of Sudbury, 
Massachusetts. I am writing in a second story room 
at the east end of the old wing of the inn. The ceiling 
of my room is but little higher than my head. The 
floor is made of broad boards cut from goodly trees 
long ago, and painted yellow. In the olden times there 
was no fire in this part of the building, but now a steam 
radiator grafts a bit of the twentieth century on the old 
native stock of the eighteenth century. The chairs, 
the desk, the stand, are "old-fashioned." The bed, of 
iron, is modern in appearance and in comfort. The 
lights are old-fashioned in appearance but new-fash- 
ioned in fact. They consist of metal holders for 
candles nailed to the wall. Concealed wires bring the 
light to the candle-shaped bulb. The room is like the 
entire inn. The latest and best in safety, convenience, 
comfort, is cleverly annexed to the old so as not to 
spoil it. 

In the main part of the house are the rooms 
famous in song and story, which are rented to guests 
when they appear and which are exhibited to thousands 
of visitors every year — the Longfellow room, the 
Lafayette room, the Parson's room, the Theologian's 
room, and other rooms made famous by the Tales of 
the Wayside Inn. This room that I occupy today is 
called the Garden room. The sun pours in through 
three windows as I write. To the south I look toward 
the road, first the oldest Albany Post Read, lined with 
the famous oaks which Longfellow described, and 
which used to bring the stage-coaches up to the very 
door. Now it is a private road in the grounds. Just 
a little farther out is the second Albany Post Road, 
along which only a few vehicles now pass. On up the 
hillside far enough away is the Ford cut-off, built by 
Henry Ford to carry the tremendous traffic of a main 
highway past without shaking down his buildings. 
Out of this south window, the eye goes past coach- 
house and barn over the roads to the hillside, the glit- 
teiing snow fields, the dark pines. 

Out of the two east windows, one sees the gar- 
dens and the cedars, more woods in the distance, and 
the sun when it comes over the horizon. There is life 
out this way, for Fmma, the Czech cook, who has been 
here since 1923 when Mr. Ford took over the inn, 
carries pans of bread and other table scraps to the 
garden every day for the birds, and this one of her 
many feeding places has been taken over by the 
American crow, big fellows, scores of them, who come 
cawing when turbaned Emma in her blue dress 
comes chanting her bird call. She loves the birds. 
She talks to them, she sings to them, and in flocks they 
come sailing through the air to her — a flock of chicka- 
dees, a flock of tree sparrows, a flock of house spar- 
rows, with jays, juncos, starlings, in attendance. "God 
will take care of you," she said with her marked ac- 
cent, "if you take care of the birds." 

Cut of my east windows I look down on another 
unobtrusive wing of the inn, cleverly set back so as to 
add to the symmetry of the old building. This wing 
is made out of an old woodshed, and it contains Mr. 
Ford's private apartment. To the north and north- 
east, there are marshes, ice ponds, meadows, more 
woods, more hills, of the four thousand acre estate, 
as far as the eye can see. 

The resident hostess in recent years has used my 
room, but all the hostesses pick up their personal ef- 
fects and move over to the coach house when the 
Fraters of the Wayside Inn come for their annual 
"retreat," for every room is needed. And there is 
not a thing that any of these men need or want that 
is not gladly supplied if the manager and the hostesses 
can discover what it is. The hospitality in the way of 
food, shelter, rooms for meetings, is perfect, and al- 
ways there are "the two extra pennies" freely supplied 
by the inn people, like the two pennies paid into 
another inn centuries ago by a certain Samaritan, 
and which have been immortalized as a symbol of the 
extra services prompted by a deeper feeling when duty 
has done its full stint. 

A clothes closet lighted by a dormer window adds 
a quaint touch to my room. And between it and the 
Jerusha (Howe) room, which is directly above the old 
kitchen, a bathroom has been cleverly fitted in. 
The bath is reached by a narrow passage around the 
huge old kitchen chimney. There are enough hidden 
passages and surprising closets and spaces to take 
care of the ghosts of twenty generations. To reach the 
Garden room one must climb ten steep steps which go 
up from a passage back of the kitchen, or pass through 
Jerusha's room, occupied this year by Dr. Etz. In 
this part of the house when one is alone, one senses 
better the older traditions of Sudbury and of the Way- 
side Inn. 

The story has been told and retold of the Howe 
family which ran the inn for 178 years — David Howe 
for sixty years, Fzekiel for fifty, Adam for forty-four 
and Lyman for twenty-odd years. Between 1686 and 
1864, when Lyman died, the Howes were in continuous 
occupancy of the place. In the beginning it was called 


Feb. 8, 1936 



Howe's Tavern, and then, because of the sign, the 
name Red Horse Tavern gradually came to be used. 
The ancient Red Horse still rears proudly on the 
weather-beaten board. The name Wayside Inn dates 
from Longfellow's time, and comes from his famous 
"Tales of a Wayside Inn." But back of all these 
Howes at the Red Horse Tavern there were two gen- 
erations of Howes in Sudbury. The father of David, 
who built the inn, was Samuel, and the father of 
Samuel was John Howe, an immigrant from England 
who was one of the first settlers, if not the very first 
settler, of Sudbury. 

John Howe had a tavern at Marlboro, but made 
his living mainly from his land. He was in Sudbury 
as early as 1638 or '39. In 1655 he was appointed "to 
see to the restraining of youth on the Lord's Day." 
He got the good will of the Indians by fair treatment. 
Cn one occasion two Indians came to him to settle a 
dispute over the ownership of a pumpkin which had 
sprung up on one Indian's land and had run over and 
borne fruit on the other Indian's land. This kind 
of question has puzzled many a court, but John Howe 
settled it by the law of common sense: he gave half 
of the pumpkin to each claimant. 

I am writing these lines in a building which 
stood b' ^ when Indians lived near by. It has seen 
settlei oing by to locate in what is now Vermont and 
New Hampshire and in central and western Massa- 
chusetts. It was here through all four of the wars 
between France and England for the possession of 
North America — King William's, 1689-1697, Queen 
Anne's, 1702-13, King George's, 1744-48, and the 
French and Indian War, 1754-1763. The second pro- 
prietor was an officer in the American Revolution. 
The building is one of the oldest and most interesting 
in the eastern part of the United States. 

For the thirty-fourth successive year the "Fra- 
ters of the Wayside Inn" met here on Sunday night, 
January 26, 1936. As usual Dr. Tomlinson of Worcester 
and the Rev. Albert Hammatt arrived first and opened 
the register of fraters. Nearly all had arrived by ten 
p. m., the prior, Dr. Frank Oliver Hall, arriving at 
Framingham on the New York train with Dr. Theo- 
dore Fischer. Others who attended were Perkins, 
Sykes, McCollester, Etz, Brooks, Wallace Rose, the 
two Leinings, Coons, Huntley, Ellenwood, Kapp, 
Fiske and the writer. Dr. Walter Henry Macpherson 
was an honored guest, and three laymen, A. Ingham 
Bicknell, Victor A. Friend, and Judge Robert W. Hill, 
drove out for an important conference and were at 
the "Old Kitchen Dinner," which as always was the 
high peak of entertainment. 

The dining room of the inn and the kitchens and 
pantries are modern. They are housed in a long wing 
which runs out behind the inn and which is not seen 
from the road. The thousands of visitors to the inn 
are taken care of comfortably in this wing, and yet the 
old building is left much as it has been all through the 
years. But the inn advertises an old kitchen dinner 
at a trifling additional expense, and usually the meat 
is cooked in the old way on a spit, the vegetables in 
pots hung over the fire and the bread in the old oven. 
These charges are mentioned for historic accuracy, 
although they are matters of academic interest only 
to tVie Fratecs-of the Wa-yside Tnn To ea-t. a-toeai ir> 

the old kitchen is more than a matter of academic 
interest, however. It is an event. It is an immersion 
into the history of the past. It is a ministry to yearn- 
ings in us that are starved by the conditions of modern 
life. The old kitchen is a room which looks as it did 
when it was built 250 years ago this year. On the 
walls are the old dishes and kitchen utensils of the 
eighteenth century. The table and chairs, if not those 
originally there, are very old and of the period. One 
steps back seven or eight generations when he steps 
into the old kitchen. It is one of the rare memorials 
of the first century of the settlement of this conti- 

Frater Perkins of Washington for some strange 
reason has been called "cold." No one who knows him 
or hears him preach ever concurs in this verdict. But 
the strangers who think him cold should have seen him 
with back to the roaring fire in the seat nearest the 
blaze and should have watched him melt. There was 
little serious talk at the old kitchen dinner. The most 
serious moment came when Rose called for quiet 
after we sat down, and said, "Look this table over 
before you begin to pull it to pieces, red table-cloth, 
red napkins, old dishes, decorations, and see what these 
folks have done for us." And the men saw that he 
was right. Not only was nothing lacking, but there 
was not an incongruous note. It was a good way to 
say giacfe. 

The retreat may be called "a musical retreat." 
In this session of the fraters there was born a move- 
ment to organize a ministers' chorus in the Univer- 
salist Church to learn and sing the old chorales. G. H. 
Leining was the organizer of the movement. He and 
his brother Fred, Ellenwood, Kapp, Rose and Fiske, 
formed a sextette whose music could be heard from 
morning until midnight. They made everybody sure 
that something important was coming out of the 

The retreat was called by one of the hostesses 
"the best retreat in years." She did not attend the 
sessions. She did not sit at table. Just what did she 
mean? In my opinion she felt what I felt, a oneness 
in the group. It was not because these men were 
alike. They were most unlike. Nor because they 
agreed. Many shades of opinion, theological, economic, 
political, were represented. But it was because the 
spirit represented in the word "frater" seemed domi- 
nant. The old made a definite effort to understand 
the young. The young were respectful of the old. 
And affection knit all together and to the place. 

There was nothing controversial about Tomlin- 
son's interesting lecture on India. From Calcutta 
around to Bombay, from Darjeeling to Delhi, it was 
fascinating. He had a great experience in his tour of 
the world, and as a speaker he is still in his prime. 
He is obsessed with the notion that a spelling bee is 
life's choicest recreation, but there are idiosyncrasies 
in even the greatest minds. Nor was there anything 
controversial in the interesting session led by Dr. Rose, 
but it was vastly helpful and illuminating. I re- 
gret that it dealt with confidential matters that I 
cannot report. 

When Kapp read his paper, "Present Day Trends 
in Protestantism," we started talking and kept at it 

\4t\til^\^i&r time arttl than Went s.t it in smaU qT=>u.y>3 

ifter dinner. But it did us good, and there was some 

brilliant intellectual fencing. 

There were unplanned discussions as valuable as 
any on the formal program. One of the most stimu- 
lating was on the question, "Can the idea of a Limited 
God be harmonized with Universalism?" The Rev. 
G. H. Leining led the shock troops on one side, but 
again I dare not tell which side. 

The Ford tradition is becoming real to every one. 
He has owned the inn since 1923. That tradition is 
of a quiet, unostentatious man, perfectly competent, 
interested in all around him, strong in his conviction 
that everything, whether boys or motor cars, whether 
farms or inns, should be made to travel under its own 
power. He likes to see things work. If there is an old 
spit attached to the fireplace he will adjust it until it 
will work. And the trade school, the red schoolhouse 
immortalized by the poem, "Mary's Little Lamb," 
and the new southwest school on the site of the oldest 
school around, speak eloquently of his interest in edu- 
cation. The leader in mass production of machines 
is a supporter of the best individual instruction of boys 
and girls. In education as in everything around the 
Inn, the old and the new meet and mingle. They use 
the old schoolhouses but they hire a modern-minded 

teacher. And the children do not walk down the 
dangerous Post Road. School buses carry them. 

A feeling for Mr. Ford is growing up among the 
fraters which is closely akin to affection. He himself is 
not seen, but the orders which he issues and the people 
whom he hires and the work which he does, create 
an atmosphere of welcome which one cannot easily 

Dean McCollester led the fraters in the closing 
service of communion on Wednesday morning. It was 
zero outside, but it was comfortable within, even in 
the old kitchen, the hardest place to heat. 

The sun shone out of a deep blue sky, the wind 
had died away, the beautiful tree sparrows and chick- 
adees were sharing the bushes and vines near the 
windows of the old kitchen. 

In that old kitchen where we had had most of our 
discussions, we sat around the table and engaged in a 
service which was old when the old inn was built. 
At the hands of Dean McCollester we received the 
bread and the wine which linked us to unnumbered 
generations of believers and to the most sublime figure 
of history. 

The little birds fluttered without fear to the very 
windows. They too had their meat from God. 


Sunday, March 1, 1936 


The writer of the diary has found nothing unusual to 
write about outside of mentioning the bright sunny weather, 
and having nothing, she is reminded of the story told about 
James ""hitcomb Riley. 

A lady at a social function went to Mr. Riley and con- 
fidentially said," I understand you are doing very well with 
your work and that you sometimes make as much as a dollar a 
word." "Yes," remarked Mr. Riley, "I do, but often I sit an 
entire day and don't write a word I" 

Monday, March 2, 1936 


The Southwest and Redstone Schools reopened this morn- 
ing. The teachers, Mrs. Bennett and Miss ^andall will contin- 
ue to have their luncheon with us while the Boys' School is 
in quarantine. 


Miss Dorothy Landall 
Redstone School Teacher 

Miss Randall a very bright lit- 
tle person, was graduated from Sa- 
lem Teachers' College last June. 
Her home is in Beverly, Mass. but 
during the week she stays with Mrs. 
"illiam Lee in ^arlboro. 

Tuesday, March 3, 1936 


We are having a beautiful storm. The trees and bushes 
are heavy with snow, but the flakes are much too large and 

artificial looking to be lasting. 

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Tuesday, March 3, 195 6 (cont) 

The bar room is beginning to look a little more natu- 
ral. The first cost of plastering was put on the walls today. 
The floor in the tap room and in back of the bar has been com- 
pleted . 

Mr. Arthur W Sager, leader of the Glee Club at Gov. Academy, came in this afternoon to make arrangements 
for his forty-five boys who are to sing for the members of the 
New England Camping Association Saturday. Two hundred camp 
leaders are coming for luncheon. Mr. Sager l s father- in-law, 
Mr. Homer Rogers, lived in the Tayside *-nn at one time. 

Wednesday, March 4, 193 6 Fair 

No welcome has ever been more hearty than the one given 
Miss Priscilla staples when she returned to her duties as host- 
ess, after an absence of five years. Coming to the Inn in 1925 
when thousands of guests were oeing shown through the house, 
she learned to take care of large groups easily, and by her 
most gracious manner made friends with both young and old. We 
have missed her during these past five years and words cannot 
express what it will mean to everyone, having her with us again, 

Thursday, March 5, 1936 Stormy 

Altho' there were fev. guests registered on this stormy 
winter day, they came from far and near. Mr. and h rs . Robert B 
Hill came from nearby Suddury Centre and a Mrs. MacDonald was 
a luncheon guest from far-away Scotland. 

Guests continue to enjoy the "old Fashioned" candies. 
They fill a lovely old Sandwich glass sugar bowl on the Parlor 
table. Jelly beans, hore hound drops, hearts, licorice drops, 
and molasses peppermints are pleasing to the guests. They like 
to nibble on them after a hearty meal and have much fun aoout 
the mottoes on the hearts. Today one of our guests spoke of the 
molasses peppermints as being called "nigger toes". We think 
this a very appropriate name as they are tiny and round and 
brown in color. 


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£ri^§yi-¥srsl?-§x-lS3 6 

The city of Boston, represented by 
Acting Mayor John I. Fitzgerald, will 
join with representatives of the 
commonwealth and members of Na- 
tional Equal Rights League in hon- 
oring the memory of victims of the 
Boston Massacre at exercises on 
Boston Common tomorrow when 
official observance is made of the 
166th anniversary of the historic 
event. The exercises, to be held at 
the Boston Massacre monument, will 
start at 12:15. 

Albert Wolff, president of the Bos- 
ton branch of the National Equal 
Rights League, will preside and in- 
troduce the acting mayor and various 
other speakers. Earlier in the day 
there will be appropriate exercises 
under the National Equal Rights 
League at the Hall of Flags in the 
State House, at the site of the Bos- 
ton Massacre (State and Congress 
streets), and at the Old Granary 
Ground, where Crispus Attucks and 
other victims of the attack lie 


Celebrating the 166th anni- 
versary of the Boston Massacre to- 
day reminds us of our Paul Revere 
print of the Massacre which hangs 
in the Bar room. It is now a well- 
known picture and is reproduced in 
many history text-books. Our host- 
esses say that when Paul Revere 
made the prints he sold them for 
2 shillings apiece. There are very 
few of them in existence now, how- 
ever, and we learned that one of 
them was sold recently for over 

The parents of our youngest visitor cr-rae to-day. By 
"youngest visitor" we mean a five weeks old baby who visited 
the Inn shortly after Mr. Ford's purchase of the house. The 
baby, as Mrs. King the mother recalled, was put in the old pine 
cradle in the Washington roam. There she slept while her par- 
ents enjoyed a meal in the dining-room. The writer remembers 
this incedent and that there was much comment when guests pass- 
ing through were privileged to see a real baby asleep in the 
cradle. Someone asked if we kept a babj' there all of the time 
for exhibition purposes! Mrs. King stated that the ''youngest 
visitor" is now a grown-up young lady. We hope "that she will 
come to the Inn again some time and see the old cradle in which 
she was rocked. 

Saturday, March 7, 1936 


About twenty Sales Representatives of the Ford Motor Co. 
started the day off with a meeting in the small ball room. At 
quarter past ten Mr. Sennott took them over the estate showing 
them the schools, the cattle, the Parmenter Sisters house and 
the mill. At the Parmenter Sisters, Mr. Sennott reports that 
they were thrilled with the typical furnishings and the quaint 
atmosphere. At the mill they were each given a bag of flour. 
Later they enjoyed lunch at the Inn and were shown through the 
house by Miss de i.iille. This ended a very pleasant visit and 
many remarked that they had enjoyed it thoroughly. Before this 
group had left the Inn, 45 boys from Dummer Academy at So. By- 
field, Mass. had arrived. They were to sing for the group of 
camp leaders scheduled to come at 1 o'clock. Delays of various 
kinds prevented them from getting here before 2 o'clock, how- 
ever. In the meantime we enjoyed the Dummer Academy boys, told 
them the stov-y of the house and found them to be a very gentle- 


Saturday, March 7, 1936 (cont) 

manly group, at 
school which is 
having been est 

The camp 
time, but they 
served there be 
able to look, ab 
charm. Members 
states as wel] 

tentive listeners and eager to tell about there 

one of the oldest academies in the United States 
ablished by a Lieut-Governor of Massachusetts in 

group proved to have much business to occupy their 
enjoyed there meal in the large dining room, 
cause of the number, 96. Most of this group were 
out the house and they remarked often about its 
of this Camping Association represented V.'estern 
as the New England states. 

Roosevelt Has 
Great Praise 
for Camp Life 

Sends Message to Meeting of 

American Association in 


President Roosevelt praises American 
camp life highly in a message received 
today for the fourteenth annual meeting 
of the American Camping Association 
at the Hotel Statler. 

"The camp movement in this country," 
said the President, in a message ad- 
dressed to J. Halsey Gulick, president 
of the New England section, and chair- 
man of the convention committee, "is 
doing a fine and important work for our 
young people. Life in a well conduced 
camp establishes codes of comradeship 
service and self-reliance that exert their 
influence in never-ending circles The 
broad program carried on by such organi- 
zations 1 as yours, with its wisely super-' 

vised athletics, training in the essentials 
of woodcraft and opportunities for nature 
study, develops the four-square founeD 

istie °nZ h S0 ? nd , chara cter and altru- 
l.stic Kieals are built. 

Th< board meetings today for 

which officials from all over th« oXitrr 
have arrived at the hotel and the general 
sessions -will begin tomorrow and , 
t nue through the week and on Sunday. 

^t.attve en n anCe iS P rinci Pally of admin. 
istratiye or executive officials of boys' 
and girl's camps. The remotest point 
represented is California, whose delegate 
.s Raymond O. Hanson, president or tha? 
claUon. Am erican Camping Asso- 

A °ZL°J ^ best known visitors is Paul 
A. Siple of Erie, Pa., who is regarded as 
* typical American Boy Scout and known 
all the world over as Admiral Byrd's 

He is^thS w ■i W ° Antarctic expeditions! 
He is th* writer of books which have 
been translated into several languages 

fow'evlSf 1 ' 688 the conventi °n tornor-' 

in^hT^ ^T am . ? S aI1 the BoV Scouts 

m the country Siple went on the first 
Byrd Expedition in 1928. when only ten 
years old and on the second expedition 
to the Antarctic, in 1933-35, he was 
Byrds chief biologist and leader in 
charge of the Marie Byrd Land exploring 
paity. and was designated by Bvrd to 
be in charge of erecting and equipping 
the tiny base 125 miles south of Little 
America in which Admiral Bvrd lived 
alone more than four months' in 1934 
Between the first and second Bvrd expe- 
ditions Siple toured Europe, Asia Minor 
and North Africa, passing through the 
heart Russia. Last year he was 

"TpV 11 ^ " resi <fent of the C 
an Polar Society. 

m I 1 ; ie * first -,F neral sessi °n of the annual 
meeting will open at 2 o'clock tomorrow 
afternoon and this will be followed 
several general sessions and seminars on 
camp U nfe S J6CtS felated t0 Ame »can 

Paul A. Siple 


Sunday, March 8, 1936 Pleasant 

This seemed like a busy Summer day, except when one 
looked outside to see snow covered ground and inside to 
see heavy overcoats and galoshes. The overcoats and gal- 
oshes belonged to the 93 guests who came in for dinner or 
tea. 7'ith this number of guest?, the hostesses had a busy 
time taking orders and telling the story. Having the Bar- 
room closec for repair work means that our little business 
of meal slips and the selling of post-cards has to be tran- 
sacted from the Daniel ?. r eoster desk in the Parlor. Since 
there is no Bar-room fireplace around which to sit guests 
enjoy the fireplace in the Parlor, old Dining room and Kit- 
chen. It is an unusual sight to see a group gathered near 
the fireplace in the old Dining room. 

Monday, March 9, 1936 Cloudy 

There is considerable activity around the house, 
"orkrnen in the 3ar-room are heard pounding and saw ing, 
while in the Parlor across the hall, Miss de Mule is busy 
with file boxes containing a card catalogue of our books. 
In another corner Miss Staples is going over file cases 
which contain information aoout the Inn and its furnish- 
ings. Several articles of an early date have been found 
which mention a steep flight of stairs *hat went up from 
the Bar-room into a chamber overhead. As has been recorded 
in a previous writing of the Journal, this flight of stairs 
is to be restored. Another item of interest found today 
tells of an inventory in the year 1736 which enumerated the 
pieces of furnitmre in the mansion of Sir Robert Eden of 
Maryland. ""Tiite Dimitty Window Curtains' 1 are mentioned. 
This pleases the hostesses for they are often asked if white 
dimity curtains, such as are seen in the rooms of the Inn, 
were used in the old days. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 1936 

Miss Fisher enjoys walking 
out of doors and today went over 
to the Lamson barn where the sheep 
are kept. There she learned that 
baby lambs are expected to arrive 
on March 25th. Also in this barn 
is housed a five months old goat. 
Miss Fisher says that its hair is 
pure white and long and silky, 
true to the type of the Angora 

Wednesday, March 11, ;936 


Heavy rain and fog 

Additions are made to our Library accasionally and 
today we received a brochure of the First Exhibition of 
the Rushlight Club. This gives a comprehensive outline of 
the history of the lamp and early receptacles used for art- 
ificial light. The Rush Light Club exhibition was held in 
Boston in Sept. -Oct. 1935 and the booklet contains photo- 
graphs of the exhibits with supplementary explanations. There 
are several rush lights around the Inn and guests are always 
curious as to their use. The Betty lamps are also objects 
of great interest. The Brochure states that the type of 3etty 
lamp of which we have the rost specimens are the "wich chan- 
nel" ty ~>e . We also have some of the wick channel type with 
drip pan. The Betty lamp v/hich hangs from the mantle shelf 
in the Parlor is called the "wick support" type. 

Thursday, March 12, 1936 

Rain and fog 

The heavy rains of yesterday continued through last 
night and today. Floods were reported everywhere about this 
vicinity and all through New England. Fog and rising tem- 
perature melted the snow rapidly, thus adding more and more 
wateri From the windows of the Inn could be seen large pools 
of water in every direction. To the right of the house little 
Hop Brook rose high. Down by the bridge it poired through a 
sturdy stone wall. At intervals during the day we could see 
trucks filled with men and boys hurrying by and there was 


Thursday, March 12, 193 6(cont) 

Talk of sand bags piled high in cs^e of emergency. Some 
were used in the cellar of the Gate house. It was thought 
that the dam across the road from the Calvin ^ow house might 
break, and boys f.^om the school were assigned as watchmen. Mr. 
Hoye rushed in wearing big high rubcer boots and wanted our 
camera. There was a general feeling of excitement as the storm 
continued and the rushing of water was heard. One report stat- 
ed that Route 20, which passes in front of the Inn, was closed 
and it is said that the Sudbury river was never known to be 
so high. In fact it has been reported by the "eldest inhabi- 
tants" that this was the worst flood In the history of Sud- 
bury. In spite of what one might call a "wild" dry outside, 
all was cozy and comfortable inside the house. Nineteen guests 
were here to enjoy its warmth and hospitality. 



Friday, March 13, 1936. 


Pussy willows have made their appearance. The boys cut 
some for the Inn and they ere being used in the vases on the 
dining tables, as well as in various rooms throughout the 
house. Nothing that we have in the old pottery jugs and pew- 
ter mugs seem to harmonize and clend in with the atmosphere of 
the old house better than pussy willows. They caught the eye 
of one of the pupils of the Redstone School as she was hurrying 
through the hall. She informed us that she had planned to go 
"pussy willing" after school I 

Mr. Sennott brought in the first little white "Snowdrop" 
today. He found it by the corner of the house outside the kit- 


Friday, March 13, 1936 (cont) 

chen window where there are several other snow drops pushing 
their tiny heads upward. Our one little snow drop has been • 
given some water and is admired by all the guests who see it 
in a hand blown -glass bowl on the Parlor table. 

Saturday, Marsh 14, 1936 


Nothing of special interest occured today, There were 
48 meals served. Among the luncheon guests was Mr C A Clark 
who comes very regularly for luncheon on Saturday with his 
chauffeur-companion, ^n the evening 22 people came in for din- 
ner; also 4 over-night guests arrived. Miss Fisher and her 
helper Peter Kozak from the boys school were kept busy tak- 
ing care of the unusual number, unusual in comparison with 
other week-day evenings at this time of year. 


Sunday, March 15, 1936 


One of our small visitors today, the son of Mr. Hey- 
wood, Ford manager in "'orcester, spoke out and expressed 
his mind about the ".'ays id e Inn. He siad, "Even though you 
have to wait a little while, I don't mind because there are 
so many interesting things to see here!" Another Mr. Hey- 
wood from Providence who has been coming quite regularly for 
several years, told us what he thought about the Inn. He 
said, l,TT e go to a great many eating places, but the food 
here is perfect , in fact everything is perfect. 
No. 1 place!" 

Along with the first snow drop, recorded 
came the first robin of the season. He was seen 
Inn grounds. 


is our 

last week, 
today on the 

Monday, March 16, 1936 

Partly cloudy 

The flood situation is still threatening and is a 
manace to motorists. So thought Mr. Sennott this morning 
when his car got emerged in about five feet of uater over on 
the Concord road. Eventually he had to call for help and was 
towed out! 

View of flood waters showing Inn in the background. 


leave boston on samaria Workers Associated with GrenfeH 

Mrs. Olive P. MacDonald of Glas- 
gow, Scotland, with her son, 
Thomas, left for their home, yester- 
•day, on the Cunard White Star liner 
Samaria. Mrs. MacDonald came to 
America during her son's recent ill- 
ness. He was confined at the New- 
ton Hospital for 14 weeks. 

Of Christ Church, Hamilton, who 
sailed out of here on the Samaria 
for a visit in England. 

Mission Leave Boston on Samaria 

Still feeling the effects of a fever 
he contracted after working with a 
gang of road builders in the wilds 
of Newfoundland for Sir Wilfred 
T. Grenfell's mission, Thomas Mac- 
Donald started for his home in 
Glasgow, Scotland, on board the 
Cunard White Star liner Samaria 
yesterday. He was accompanied by 
his mother, Mrs. Olive P. MacDon- 
ald, who came to this country to be 
with her son while he was confined 
for 14 weeks at the Newton Hospital. 
For the past several days they have 
been visiting Mrs. George Fuller at 
22 Shaw street, Newton. 

The Samaria smacked of the 
Grenfell Mission group during its 
stay at East Boston yesterday, since 
two other former mission workers 
were on board, one of whom was to 
sail. He was the Rev. William 
Francis Adair Stride, rector of 
Christ Church, Hamilton, who while 
priest in charge of the English mis- 
sion of St. Anthony, Newfoundland, 
the base of operations of the mis- 
sion, met his wife, the former Kath- 
erine Pollard of 41 Commonwealth 
avenue, a mission worker. She was 
at the ship with their three children 
to bid bon voyage to the rector. 

MacDonald was one of a dozen 
young Scotch and English college 
boys who arrived early last summer 
for road building work from St. 
Anthony to White Bay. Last Sep- 
tember, at the exmjjation of Mac- 
Donald's time in the northland, he 
set out for a visit to New York. He 
was at a hotel when he contracted a 
fever. The management had him 
conveyed to a' hospital. Upon re- 
covery there he came here for a 
visit with the Fullers, but was at 
that house only two hours when he 
was rushed to the Newton Hospital 
with a recurrence of his ailment 
that kept him confined there for 14. 

At the boat yesterday he was pre- 
sented to the Rev. Mr. Stride, who is 
bound for Abingdon, England, for a 
visit with his brother, the Rev. W. 
K. Stride, at Besselsleigh rectory. 

Mrs. Walter E. Piper, widow of the 
late chairman of the finance com- 
mittee of Sudbury and for many 
years prominent in the rubber in- 
dustry here, left for a visit with her 
dafghter, Mrs. William F. Floyd, in 
Burnham, Buckinghamshire, Eng- 
land. Mrs. H. Samborne is return- 
ing to her home in England after a 

Boston Herald 
March 16, 1936 

These pictures in 
today's Boston 
Herald are of in- 
terest to the Inn fa~ily. 
MacDonald v/es a recent luncheon 
guest, Rev. Mr. Stride is the 
nephew- in- lav; of Miss Welch, our 
dearly loved hostess, Mrs. -?ioer 

is the mother of one of our form- 
er hostesses, Miss Nesta Piper. 


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Tuesday, March 17, 1936 Fair and warmer 

The Inn was favored today by a visit from Mr. Henry 
Wad 3 worth Longfellow Dana, grandson of the poet. This was 
a historic occasion in itself, but when Mr. Dana intro- 
duced us to the grandaughter of Ole Bull, the event v/as 
doubly important. Sylvia Bull Smith was a charming young 
lady and was accompanied by her husband Mr. Brewster Mort- 
imer Smith. These distinguished visitors stayed for luncl - 
eon, as our guests, and after a hearty meal were eager to 
Bee the Inn. Mr. Smith is making a study of the life of 
Ole Bull and plans to write a book on the subject. Therefore 
he was particularly interesteo in any information we could 
give him regarding the Musician in the "Tales". Mr. Dana 
found several letters and other bits of infoi^mation hereto- 
fore unknown to him. All climbed the two flights of stairs 
to see the"01e Bull" room. Mr. Dana recalled several dances 
to which he had been invited by ^r. Ford and wanted to see 
the Ball rooms. 

On leaving Mr. Dana expressed his appreciation of an 
enjoyable time and Mr. Smith said that he had secured much 
information of value to him. The hostesses felt, however, 
that Mr. Dana and his friends had given a great deal to the 

We had never known before that Ole Bull was the first 
to bring Verdi's Rigoletto to New York. Consequently our copy 
of a portion of the Rigoletto done in Ole Bull's own handwrit- 
ing is of much more interest. Mr. Smith also pointed out that 
on the Ole 3ull Concert Program, which han<-s in the lower hall, 
is a composition by Paganinii. Mr. Smith sei€ that Paganini, 
the composer, and Ole 3ull were the only tv o people who could 
play the difficult number. 

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,'ednesday, March 18, 1936 

Heavy rains 

"e recsive regularly a number of copies of the "Her- 
ald'' piblished by students of the Edison Institute, ^n the 
current number of ftfarch 6th, v/e were pleasantly surprised to 
see and exterior and interior picture of the Ian displayed 
prominently on the front page. A very good article written 
by Chester Solenski of the Boys School accompanies the pic- 
ture. There are six pictures in all and the reading matter 
gives a good idea of what our boys think about the Inn, the 
respect, reverence and admiration they feel for it. The Her- 
ald is often read by our guests and this "Wayside Inn" issue 
will be of special interest to them. Copies have been placed 
in our historical file. 

The pev.ter in our din- 
ing room and kitchen attracts a 
great deal of attention. We have 
read recently that the How fami- 
ly supported two "full sets" of 
pev.ter (one dozen of each kind 
of article forming a set); plat- 
ters, plates and porringers 
large and small. Cur nresent col- 
lection of pewter is very com- 
plete also. It contains several 
porringers, plates, platters, 
bowls, tea pots, 2 coffee urns, 
mugs and tankards. 


Thursday, March 19, 1936 

Rain and. cloudy 

"Je are lucky to be comparatively safe from any real 
flood danger. In other sections of the state, especially near 
the Connecticut river there is much suffering and loss of 
property; people are fleeing their homes and whole towns and 
cities are inundated. Here is an item from the Framingham Eve- 
ning News of March 19th, telling of a small flood disaster 
near the Inn. 


Near Wayside Inn on New 
Post Road Section 

SUDBURY, March 19— A landslide 
on a section of the Ford road near the 
Sudbury-Pramingham town line last 
night blocked a portion of the south 
lane of the road and for several hours 
was a hazard to motor traffic. 

The report was made to the De- 
partment of Public Works and a 
crew from the district cleared off 
the debris. The slide occurred in 
the cut on the road nearly opposite 
the Wayside Inn on the new Post 
road section. 

The Sudbury river was up level 
with the highway at the Sudbury- 
Wayland line no the Post road, while 
Old Sudbury road was still under 
water for some distance and is still 
closed to traffic. 

The Boston & Maine railroad was 
dumping gravel and ballast along 
the tracks which run parallel to the 
highway in South Sudbury. 

Friday, march 20, 1936 


Five students from Brown University were our guests to- 
day, visiting the house and grounds. This reminds us that 
spring vacation time will soon be here and that we are apt to 
have a number of student visitors during the next few weeks. 
We find them among our most interested and enthusiastic 
guests . 

TMs being the first bright sunny day in the couBse of 
a week, it offered the opportunity for some pictures. Mrs. 
Abuie Morrill our front-part-of-the-house-maid was persuaded 


Friday, March 20, 193 6(cont) 

to pose for the diary. As usual she was modest and reluctant 
about appearing in public, as it were, but finally consented 
when told that she could bring her dust pan and brushes along 
Abbie is seldom seen by our guests but they often comment on 
her good work. Her work includes cleaning and caring for all 
rooms in the front part of the house, not omitting the rooms 
for over-night guests. 3he also is the person who arranges 
the flowers so artistically. 

Mrs. Morrill 

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Saturday, March 21, 1936 Rain and cloudy 

Much progress has been made in the work of restoration 
in the Bar-room. It is not available for use as yet, however. 
The floor has been laid and the walls look fresh and clean 
with new plaster. The restored stairway which goes up where 
there was formally (but not originally) a closet, looks very 
quaint. It is said that in the old days this stairway was used 
for the drivers of cattle and other so-called "rough" men who, 
having spent the evening in the Bar-room, were later sent up 
this steep and narrow stairway into the room overhead. Here 
they slept in two or three large beds. Of course the 3ar-room 
staircase was not the only staircase in the house, but it took 
care of the men and travellers who retired at a late hour. By 
using this they could go up to bed without waking guests in 
other parts of the house. 


Sunday, March 22, 1936 Cloudy and Gold 

Old accounts tell us of travellers corning to the Inn 
by, on foot, in carriages, on bicycles, in auto- 
mobiles and by train - but today some of our guests came by 
row boat, at least part of the way. Mr. and Mrs, Hill of 
Sudbury had invited some guests from Springfield to dine 
with them here ?t noontime. Springfield and its vicinity be- 
ing in one of the areas most severely stricken by the floods, 
it was necessary for the guests to start out for "'aysice Inn 
in a row boat . 

The "orcester Telegram today under the heading, "Ten 
Years Ago To-day" states: 

"Henry Ford recovers an old 
sign that swung at V/ayside 
Inn back in 1860. It was lo- 
cated in a barn where it had 
been for more than 20 years 
after it had been removed 
from the inn by prankish stu- 
dents. " 

Monday, March 23, 1936 Pleasant 

One of our guests tod^y, on seeing the tall "sombre" 
clock said, that v;ien she was a little girl she found a tall 
clock case a fine place in which to hide. Her small brothers 
had removed the clock works, wheels, weight etc. from their 
particular family clock and the lady, who was then a tiny 
girl, crawled inside. She said that it was her favorite hid- 
ing place - until she grew too large for a clock esse. 

Tuesday, March 24, 1936 Cloudy 

The flood is still the chief news item in the daily 
papers and is much talked about by our guests. Mr. and Mrs. 
Bowker from "'orcester who are frequent luncheon guests 
brought their own drinking water with them today. They ex- 
plained that on account of flood waters they have been drink- 
iiig Poland Spring water. Residents of the city of "'orcester 
have been requested to boil the -water which they drink. 

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"'ednesday, March 25, 1936 


There are seventeen fireplaces in the house and at 
least three of thera are in use const ently (in cold weather). 
The fireplaces in the Bar-room, Old Kitchen, and Parlor are 
usually bright and chee^ for the guests. The guests like to 
gather near them and often ask if they are the only means of 
heating, "/e explain that there is a furnace in the house in 
the present day, but that in the old days the fireplaces 
were the only means of keeping the house warm. The hostesses 
keep their eyes on the fires to see that they do not go out. 
The wood boxes are filled regularly and all wood used is cut 
on the Inn property. Then it is trucked into a wood shed in 
the rear of the house. 


Thursday, March 26, 1936 


Dr. Mosher from Boston brought a group of 25 for din- 
ner to-night. It was a group of young doctors from all over 
the United States, Canada - and one young doctor and his wife 
from Paris - who have been taking a post graduate course un- 
der Dr. Mosher. Mrs. Mosher accompanied the group and said 
that each year she entertains the doctors at her house on 
Beacon Street when they arrive and that she always ilans a 
farewell dinner for them at the Wayside Inn. 

There are thirteen new lambs in the sheep barn - four 
sets of twins and five "single " lambs. 


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Friday, March 27, 193 6 


A notable guest today was Miss Else Flagstad daughter 
of Kirsten Flegstsd of the Metropolitan Opera. She registered 
in our soecisl guest book and stayed several hours, having 
luncheon' here. Miss Flagstad is a young lady in her* teens or 
early twenties and was unusually modest rnd natural. She 
seemed keenly interested in everything about the Inn. She is 
soon to return to her native country. 


[Great Performance by 
the Metropolitan 
Opera Co. 


Like a giant exulting in its i 
strength, the Metropolitan Company, 
having accomplished a thrice-admir- 
able performance of "Madame But- 
terfly" in the afternoon, followed it 
at the Opera House last night with 
the greatest achievement of which an 
opera company is capable, a great 
performance of Wagner's "Tristan 
! and Isolde." 


The leader in tliis glorious deed was 

j of course. Kirsten Flagstad, whose 

Isolde more than justified all that has 

been written and said of it in N 

York. In her the race of great Wag- 

> nerian sopranos lias been renewed and 

' perhaps she is a happy augury that It 

' will never become extinct 

But Mine. Flagstad alone could not 

I have accomplished the performance 
which an enraptured audience heard. 
Mr. Melchior's impersonation of the 
hero was not only far and away above 
any in which Boston has thus fai 
1 and heard him. but it was also a far 
• more satisfying Tristan than can be 
remembered in many a long year. And 
if Mr. Bodan/.ky has sometimes seemed 
a casual and indiTfererr^ '■conductor, he 
led last night as one inspired, and the 
orchestra, which had given so fine an 
■count of itself in the three previous 

pi malices, rose to iincxi 

heights of eloquence. 

No less satisfactory in the i 
what less important- roll Mine. 

Branzell a> Brangaena, Mr. Schorr as 
KUrvenal and Mr. List as King Mark, 
who, as was once written of another 
singer, made that sovereign's sermon 

he opera itself, sung and 

layed'-as it was, its music remains after 
three-Quarters of a century, the miracle 
of passion and of beauty that filled even 
with wonder and awe. 
And to return, if as anticlimax, to the 
audience, it was good to be once more 
part of a company so stirred by what 
transpired on stage and in orchestra- 
pit that it had need to shout its ap- 

From Boston Herald, Mar. 26, 1936 

Page 4 


Friday, March 27, 1936 (cont) 

Every Friday afternoon Mrs. Elderkir. cores down to 
the Inn from Marlboro and teaches dancing to puoils of the 
Mary Lamb and Southwest Schools. 


Mrs. Dorothy Elderkm 

Miss Florence Fisher, pisnist 
Mrs. Eldrekin 

Usually Mrs. Elderkin returns on Friday evening for 
classes in dancing with the boys from the Boys School. For 
the past nine weeks, however, these classes have been dis- 
missed on account of an epidemic of Mumps. To-night, however, 
the boys were back again for their regular lessons. 

Page 5 


Saturday, March 28, 1936 Pleasant 

"e are glad to announce that the Bar-room is again 
in use. The Marys Lamb children and the Southwest school 
children were thrilled when they were told to use the little 
old-new stairway when they came in for their dancing clesses. 
On the floor are tapering wide boards which one of our guests 
told us were called "King boards" in the old days. "King 
boards'' were the widest boards that could be found in colony 
days and were often sent over to the King in the mother coun- 
try. The Revolutionary relics are back in place on the panel- 
ling over the fireplf- ce and the child's boots which are so 
much admired are in their usual spot near the hearth. Altogether 
the Bar-room looks as natural as ever and its charming atmos- 
phere still remains. 


Sunday, March 29, 1936 Pleasant 

To show the variety of interesting bits of informa- 
tion that the guests bring to us in a single dry, the fol- 
lowing examples are given; this being a typical dry. 

A gentleman stated that when he was a small boy he 
used a Blunderbuss for scaring crows away from his 
corn patch. He fired the gun, the shot spread and 
there was a terrific noise. 

One of our guests today was a modest lady who, we 
discovered, was an authority and expert on the sub- 
ject of oriental rugs and tapestries. 

A young man introduced himself as living in Cam- 
bridge in the Cooper-Austin house, said to be the 
oldest house in Cambridge. He brought with him a 
a student from Heidelburg University now studying 
at Harvard. 

A little lady informed one of the hostesses that 
her great great grandfather was one of six bro- 
thers, all of whom fought in the Revolutionary 

On seeing the Hutch taole in the 3ar-rcom, a guest 
told us that the same type of taole was to be 
found in many Euronian countries; that in Italy 
and Spain the Hutch table was used as a Cobbler's 
Bench. In this country, however, the Hutch taole 
was used mostly as a kitchen table. 

Monday, March 30, 1936 Pleasant 

We have recently had the pleasure of entertaining two 
bridal couples. One came on Saturday and the other arrived 
yesterday. The latter were Mr. e.n6 Mrs, Greenhoocl. Mr. Green- 
hcod, who lives in San Francisco, conferred with the "Ask ^r. 
Foster" Service as to a good place to spend his honeymoon; he 
asked that it be an old New England Inn. Foster Service sug- 
gested the 77ayside and Mr. Greenhood said that he was more 
than pleased in finding just "the right place." 

Tuesday, i.Iarch 31, 193 6 Cloudy 

As often as possible the hostesses go to Dutton House 
to have luncheon at the Boys School. This is a pleasant social 
gesture for both the boys and the hostesses. The instructors 


Page % 

Tuesday, March 31, 1936 (cont ) 

and teachers of the Mary Lamb School and Sou 
join the luncheon group and there is a chatt 
versation all through the meal. It is an opp 
hostesses to learn more about the school and 
ted with every boy. The boys learn something 
history, the guests, etc. from the hostesses 
ially the freshmen, seemed a bit bashful at 
saying a word! Lately, hov.ever, the boys are 
conversation; talking about their baseball, 
chicks and today a discussion was held about 
Kipling. One of the boys mentioned two books 
other boy could recite Kipling's "If". 

thwest Schools also 
er of friendly con- 
ortunity for the 
to become acquain- 
about the Inn, its 
. The boys, espec- 
f irst ; some not 

entering into the 
tennis, the baby 
books by Rudyard 
by Kipling and an- 

V.ednesday, April 1, 1936 


""'ashing ton passed this place 
on his way to Cambridge 

to take command of the 
Patriot Army, June 1775 
Erected by Old Essex 
Chapter, S. A. R. Lynn, Mass." 

This is the inscription on the marker pictured below, 
which can be seen on the road in front of the Inn. We like to 
think that George '"ashington did more than pass by the Inn, how- 
ever. Old accounts tell us that the great general made a stop 
at the Red Horse Tavern; that he partook of a meal here. 7,'e like 
to imagine that he was assistec" from his coach by Colonel Ezek- 
iel Howe, and that he dined in the small dining room in back of 
the 3ar room. 

Page 3 

Thursday, April 2, 193 6 ?.ain 

Much to our surprise we entertained over forty guests 
for luncheon today. It was a surprise on account of the hard 
rain in the morning which continued on through the noon hour 
until late in the evening. In spite of it there was a real 
rush in giving luncheon orders over the old 3ar. All who came 
were genuinely interested in the house and almost every group 
included a student or students. Later in the evening about 
fifty students from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy 
came with raincoats, rubbers and umbrellas, to have a class 
dinner. Dinner was served in the large dining room. It was a 
lively group; all attractive young ladies who were very gf y 
with laughter and fun all through the evening. There work is 
of a serious nature, however, for they are helping people in 
hospitals and other institutions to recover their strength 
and moral welfare by teaching them all kinds of handcraft. 
One might suppose that the Wayside Inn would be an entirely 
foreign subject to these young ladies, that nothing here could 
be related to their own interests. But they did discover things 
that were of special attraction. Hand wrought iron utensils, a 
wood block for printing wall paper and the netted tester on the 
canopy bed showed them the handicraft of an earlier day. 

Friday, April 3, 1936 Cold-Rain 

The Exhibition of Antiques which had just come to a close 
at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston was attended by one of our 
hostesses. An exhibition of this sort is enlightening; it 
gives us an opportunity to compare the antiques at the Inn 
with a mmch larger collection. It makes us appreciate the ant- 
iquity; the grace of line and beauty of the Inn furnishings. 
It was interesting to note the rarity of certain objects. For 
instance, hand wrought iron utensils were seen in only two or 
three of the many booths. Betty lamps, pipe tongs, trammels, 
pot hooks, etc. were difficult to find. Wooden utensils were 
also rare. On returning to the Inn the hostess felt a deeper 
appreciation and satisfaction in the furnishings of the Inn; 
that they were representative of the earliest and finest in 
American antiquities. 

Saturday, April 4, 1936 Pleasant 

Trina Skariadina, author of "The First to go Back", "A 
World can end" etc. was a visitor today. She told us that after 
an extensive lecture tour throughout the United States, she 
and her husband were on their way to M aine for a rest and to 
see their cat and dog. Lieut. Victor Blakeslee, husband of 
Trina Skariadina is also an author, having written "New Worlds 
for Old." Both registered in our special guest book and prom- 
ised to stop here again soon, possibly to stay over night. 

Page 8~ 

Saturday, April 4, 1936 (cont) 

In the meantime we hope to reed "The First to go Back" which 
tells of the author's experiences as an exile of the Russian 
Revolution. Miss okariadina told us briefly that her father 
and mother had been killed and that she had been imprisoned. 


Sunday, April 5, 1936 Pleasant 

On 3unday we notice that our guests differ from 
those who come on week days. To be sure there are many 
of our old friends among the Sunday dinner guests; sev- 
eral people who come regularly for Sunday dinner. But 
there are a great many others whc core on Sunday for 
their first visit to the Inn. They are often men and wo- 
men who work in office, in stores, in factories, in 
schools, etc. during the week. Their work keeps them so 
confined that Sunday is their only day in which to drive 
into the country; to have dinner ate country Inn or to 
visit historical sites. Here they find something of in- 
terest; they enjoy being entertained in hearing about the 
house. They also like to walk around the grounds outside; 
to see the coaches; the schools and the mill. It is some- 
thing new to them; something entirely different from what 
they have seen during the week and gives them new thoughts, 
rest and relaxation for a busy week ahead. 

Monday, April 6, 1936 Rain 

Miss De Mille sat down for one half hour, Miss Fisher 
brought her bead work into the Bar-roomand Miss Staples 
put the Diary aside, to listen to the interesting stories 
tola today by our overnight guests, Mr, and wrs . Edwin B Mrs. stillman told mo :t of the stories, however, 
for she has travelled a grea- dec 1 with the opera singer 
Frieda Herapel. During the 'Vorld " r ar -=nd for several years 
after, Mrs. Stillman was publicity manager for Miss Hempel. 
She visited froeign countries, met many famous musicians, 
was entertained at the "hite House and has been from coast 
to coast in the United States. 

Tuesday, April 7, 1936 Cloudy 

Mr. and Mrs. Stillman had just departed this morning 
when other guestd arrived who brought us r ore news of the 
world of art. Miss Sue B Moult on of Philadelohia showed us 
a piece of her work which fascinated us beyond anything we 
have seen for a long time. It is a revival of the cook edge 
painting which was started in the 16th Century by Titian, 
the Italian painter. Miss Moulton displayed a copy of the 
Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam. She showed a regular pi It -edged 
book. Then, by taking her finger and putting a slant to the 
edges of the pages, a most beautiful colored picture &r)- 

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Tuesday, April 7, 1936 (cont) 

peared, paint :d on the edge of the book. It being the Rub- 
iayat, Miss Moulton had chosen a scene from an old Persian 
tapestry to reproduce. She said that she makes her painting 
suggestive of the subject matter of the book. This must be 
very difficult work and Miss Moulton is the first to re- 
produce it fror the old masters. 

"'ednesday, April 8,1936 Fair 

We have seen a picture of a grouo of people assem- 
bled in front of the inn about the year 1900. Each person is 
standing beside a bicycle, "e expect that the group repre- 
sented a Club, possibly a bicycle club, which had cycled o- 
ver for a day's outing at the V'aysice Inn. Today there was 
quite a stir at the Inn when one guest arrived on a bicycle. 
This was a young man who peddled out from 3oston. '•'•lien he 
appeared at the front door, he asked the hostess for accom- 
adations for himself and "Rozy." "Ttozy" proved to be the 
bicycle painted a bright green. The rider was picturesque 
in kaiki suit, red sash, red buttons and a knapsack. 

Thursday, April 9, 1936 Pleasant 

A letter came to one of the hostesses today in child- 
ish handwriting. It was from a member of £rade 4, Bessie D 
Freeman School, Marlboro, Mass. This class of thirty-five 
children with their teacher visited the Inn on Tuesday last. 
They had been anticipating a visit to the Inn for a long 
time and were eager to see all points of interest. They 
were provided with one of our school busses and consequent- 
ly rode around to the schools, the mill, etc. Then they 

came into the Inn where they were enteru ined by the hostess 

The letter written by Mary Stiles "For the pupils of 
Grade 4 states; 

Thank you for showing us around the Inn 
and telling us so many interesting things. 
I thought that the room with the Franklin 
Stove was very interesting becavse I have 
just read about Franklin's Iron Stove and 
I was glad to really see one." 


Friday, April 10, 1936 Pleasant 

About twenty-five people came in for dinner to-night. 
Among them were Mr. and Mrs. Kelsey from long Island who 
entertained for a party of six. Mr. Royal and a young lady; 
Mr. Royal being one of the officers on board the "Consti- 
t it ion" now in Boston harbor, and Mr. and Mrs. Romaine who 
have an Antique shoo in Middleboro, Mass. There were also 
two parties of four each who were all old friends of the 

Saturday, April 11, 1936 Rain 

A lady remarked the other day "It's an education to 
hear you use the technic? 1 names for allthese old things; 
you have acquired a vocabulary which is like a foreign lan- 
guage to my ears!" We hadn't thought our vocabulary to be 
unusual, but on second thought we realize that the follow- 
ing words are not heard frequently in ordinary conversa- 
tion of the 20th Century. 

Loggerhead Roasting Jack 

Niddy -noddy Trammel 

Trivit Noggin 

Peel Spoon Rack 

Phoebe Lamp Pot-hook 

wayside inn dia::y 

Sunday, April 12, 1936 Cloudy and Gold 

Potted lilies, pussy willows and yellow jonquils de- 
corated the house today and gave the Inn the feeling of Spring- 
time and Easter. Bright new hats and other gay wearing apparel 
of the guests also added 6 the Spring spirit. Many of the la- 
dies wore elaborate bunches of flowers on their coats and one 
man was seen in formal afternoon dress with white flowers in 
his button hole. Outside, however, the day was cold and gray. 
rhis probably accounts for the fact that only 138 dinners were 
served; a small number compared with other years when Easter 
day has been warm and sunny. Towards the end of the day Mary 
Ellen Plaintiff and a friend came over from Pine Manor School 
in ™ellesley to have tea. 

Monday, April 13, 1936 Cloudy 

Life in the present day with its customary routine 
doesn't seem strange or unusual to us as we live it today. Yet 
to a generation or two hence our mode of living will probably 
seem very different and queer. Our ancestors would undoubtedly 
be greatly surprised if they knew of be eagerness with which 
we delve inb the small facts which they daily took for granted. 
Out of what eus commonplace to them we have gathered informa- 
tion which brings charm and vividness to the picture of their 
life. Recently we read of a small boy who lived in New Hamp- 
shire during the 18th century. One day he vent to the woods to 
choo. On his return in late after-noon he found that he had 
lost his mitens. He told his sister of his loss. "Sister" star- 
ted to work that very evening; she combed some wool, carded it, 
washed and scruijbec it, spun it into yarn on the Spinning "heel 
and wound the yarn into skeins on the clock reel. Next morning 
she started to knit and in tweny-four hours time "brother" was 
sporting a nev; pair of mittens! This little oicture of every 
day life in by-gone days makes a quaint and picturesque story 
to tell our guests as we show them the hetchel, the carders, 
the spinning wheel and the reels in our old kitchen. 


Tuesday, April 14, 193 6 


These pine tongs which hang 
in the Bar-room are much ad- 
mired by our guests. They are 
pictured in Mr. Wallace Nutting's 
book, "Furniture of the Pilgrim 
Century". Since the weather has 
been mostly cloudy for the past 
week, making it impossible to 
take snap-shots for he Diary v:e 
neve ventured to make our own 
picture and have traced the tongs 
from Mr. Nutting's book. 

> , 

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'AY3I.DE inn diary 

Wednesday, April 15, 193 6 Hei n 

Our guests are told what there is of interest to be 
seen outside of the Inn. Seldom, however, do re have tme or 
opportunity to see the things ourselves. Today a tour was 
made. In the same way as he usual sight-seeing guests sre 
shov.n about, so we went to the Mill, the Boys School and the 
Mary's ^amb School. At each place we were impressed with the 
cordiality and friendliness wi$h which we were greeted. Also 
each person with whom we came in contact at the various pieces 
the schools, the barn and the mill were most kind in explaining 
every detail of their particular work. At the Mary's Lamb 
Sch ol Miss Landall showed the few relics hat were in the school 
originally. She explained about the present school and told of 
Mary Sawyer who was the "Mary" of the famous poem. Mr. Matheson 
at tne mill spent about one half hour telling us exactly how 
the mill is operated. He allowed us to stoo end start he great 
mill wheel which turns he heavy French Burr stones used for 
grinding wheat and corn. At the Boys School we found two of 
the boys who were eager to show us their dining room and large 
kitchen from which their meals are served. Then to the Calvin 
How house where an instructor pointed out the clas s rooms and 
dormitories where the boys sleep. Next we stopped at the sheeo 
barn and found that we had arrived just in tire to see the 
sheep and all the baby lembs having their suppers. We also sew 
two goats and a horse in the same barn. On returning to the Inn 
we felt that the afternoon had been very pleasant and profit- 

Thursday, April 16, 1936 


This being vacation week in some of the public schools, 
we have ceen entertaining school teachers from* several sttes. 
To-night we discovered three teachers from New York State, not 
together but in separate groups, rhey were finally brought to- 
gether, however, by common interests and soon were having a 
friendly conversation. Then it was time for the hostess to 
•give way" to the conversaion of the guests and instead of our 
guests listening to the hostess, as is usually the case, the 
hostess found herself listening to the guests' The school tea- 
chers told us of various school Drojects incorporating the study 
of American Colonial life. One of the young ladies had tried 
builcing a miniature colonial village of wood. Another told of 
making candles with he children and using a really old candle 
mold for the purpose. It was suggested that the oroject for 
next year could be developed by showing the evolution of arti- 
ficial light from the cave man rubbing two oieces of wood to- 
gether on through the early Greek and Roman lemos to the Am- 
erican Betjr lamp. Then to show the use of kerosene lamps end 
finally to bring in the incandescent laran of Mr. Edison. We 
hope, at any rate, that these teache s who were so enthusiastic 
e.oout their early American projects did find some useful ideas 
here . 

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Friday, April 17, 1936 Pleasant 

One hundred and sixty-one years ago today Ephraim 
Smith of Sudbury went to the town stock and borrowed a gun amd 
bayonet. He v/as prepared to fight the Red Goats v/hen the need 
should come. Tv/o days laer, after Paul Revere had spread the 
alarm, Ephraim Smith was on his way to Concord with gun and 
bayonet. He put his initials "E S" on the handle of the gun 
and was careful not to lose it for he had promised to return 
the gun to the .own of Sudbury if not lost in cattle. In the 
Bar-room of the Inn the very same gun and bayonet which was 
used by Ephraim Smith can be seen. Also the written promise 
which he gave to the town. It reads as follows: 

"These a-e to certify that I Efrom 
Smith have received of Jacob Reeves 
as one of the Selectmen of Sudbury 
a Gun and Baynit of the town Stock 
which I promise to return to the 
town if not los in Battel. 

as witness my Hand 

Ephraim Smith" 
Sudbury April 17, 1775 

Saturday, April 18, 1S36 Pleasant 

Any commercial aspect about the Inn is put as far as 
possible in the background. This applies to the taking of meal 
orders which are arranged with as litle formality as possible, 
the rule that no tipping be permitted, the fact that the cost 
or price of anything is seldom mentioned and in many other 
small ways the usual business methods of the present day are 
put aside. Yet our guests after enjoying themselves here often 
want to express their appreciation by suggesting that we take 
a monetary contribution from them. This was the case today 
when General Barnum, formerly the commanding officer at Camp 
Devens, Massachusets , asked if he might help in some small way 
to maintain the house, to preserver it , / to carry on its tradi- 
tions. He laic a coin down and inquired if there was a fund in 
which the money could be placed. The hostedd explained hat 
while his thought was appreciated, such a fund did not exist. 


Sunday, April 19, 19-56 

Pies sqnt 

We think >f the 19th >f April as a kind f memo ial iay when 
7/9 respect and revere the memory of Colonel Ezekiel Sow who led the 
Sudbury men to C~ncori. No wonder that Colonel how w-is inspire! t- call 
forth -is i^en to fight. Undoubtedly many a heated riscussion of heavy 
t^xes and sue matters took place in the very Bar-room .f the Inn. The 
Landlord felt t^e spirit of freeatom in nis own heart is much as any of 
his guest3 felt it. He, entered into the t'ilk of war - "mi pe^ce. It is 
sai jl that when Colonel How reached Concord he halted ~n i exclaimed :"If 
tny blo< - has been shed, not one of the rascals shall escape!" Irr-gine 
his feeling of pri *e when Gener~l Wash ngton steppe, across t .e ti.res- 
hold of the he i H rse Toverni So it is witfi 9 feeling _f pride today 
tli~t we ^elicte the 13th nf April to t^.e ruem^ry f the third Landl 
of W°> side Inn. 

Moni-y, April 20, 1336 

We have severol examples of New Engi-ui". thrift shown in the 
furnishings of the Inn. A gentlen-n pointe ; thee out to us as he went 
through the house this evening, hirst he nentione j the tiny boots in 
the Bar -room. Ihey ire ms le -like- that is, there is no "right" ^r 
"left" boot. When one leather st~rte i to wear ;^wn, y u switched 
the boot over to the other foot, using b:th boots to tie very best 

v ; nt~ge. Another example was s -wn in t e Phoebe 1 mp. In the early 
slot lamp, the wick was incline, to s~ -k up grease faster t. n It faster 
than it could bum it; thereby spilling the grease ve" t e edge and 
wasting it. Ihe P.oebe lamp '.. s -uble trough; the lower one made for 

t:.e purpose of catching "ny surplus grease. Ihe third ex-mple w ; s found 
in the fire bucket with your n j me in b~u ; lettering ~>n t-ie outside, ihis 
enabled the owner to identify his awn bucket wi.en the fire* was over, so 
as never to lose one of these necessary articles. 

ruesday, April 21, 1966 

t -' i r 

r ne Df Dur guests con- 
tributed this ittle verse -b'-ut 
fire tongs. 

L n^ legs 
Crooked thighs 
Lit tie he 
No eyes. 



Wednesday, April 22, 1936 Windy 

Once in a while a person comes in who seems tc belongj seems to 
have been here, always, or to h3ve"grown right on the spot.' 1 Sue, a 
Derson came today, he is b minister ?h::se parish is in c nearby town. 
fall and slender witi- fine kindly f ee, this gentleman Is of English 
descent, he comes very often in tramping togs, carrying a c^ne. Some 
times he brings members of his Sunday School or young boys and girls 
from his church clubs. This afternoon he came alone md took b long 
walk before iinner. Later w.en sitting near t e :>pen fire, he sail, "I 
love this pl-ce, its solitude, quietness and pe oe." As he sat on the 
high backed sett e he was inconspicuous; he belonge in the picture. It 
Wis as if he had ropped in quietly from another century, the l8to cen- 
tury, for he appeared perfectly natura in this I8tA century setting. 

Thursday, April 25, 13-36 Very pleasant 

All w.s a hustle in I bustle morning when tie guests were 
expected for breakfast, rhe guests were members of Fred Waring' s "Pen- 
sylvanians" orchestra. A .. s: Fred Wari g himself. They -rrivei at ten 
o'clock and sat lown tc a large bre-defost served in the big lining- 
room. After breakfast t~ey were shown about t. e h use. In the meantime 
63 Girl Scouts had arrived and the leader of the group asked Mr. War- 
ing to soy a few words to the Scouts. So from the front porch of the 
Inn Mr. Waring spoke. We ion't know what remarks Mr. Waring made, but 
in a minute all were in a gale of laughter. Members of the orchestra 
had a jolly time, too. On leaving one of toe group said, "I'd like to 
come cut here and stay two years*" Before returning to Boston where 
Mr. Waring is fulfilling an engagement at the lletrop >litan Theatre, s 
visit w^s male to the Mary's L~mb School. 

Friday, April 24, 1936 Pleasant 

Toe boys arrive.! promptly for their lancing classes this e- 
vening °ni a kind of party spirit prevai e; in the .ruse. Several '1 
friends of the Inn were 'ere for ".inner and there were also 11 over- 
night guests. Ihe guests are always told =bout the dancing and are in- 
vited to "look on". The boys lo not seem to mind am " udienee" and we 
are proud of their iancing. One gentleman from Mexico was much inter- 
ested to night in the 9arsovienne. lie saii that the Spaniards in hex- 
ice have a iance "La Varsovienne" and that its steps -re simii-r but 
e little more intricate. 

Saturday, April J5, 1336 Pleasant 

A lady caao tc t; e Inn a few lays ago and purchased 9 copy of 
"The Story .ry's Little Lamb". S^e said that she was going t take 
the book to an old iady who is c^ fined in a oome for Aged Persons, 
When a small chi_d, toe old lady wa se n-me is Miss Plummer, ho: cared 
for a pet lamb in the same way as our Mary exceot that her lamb was na 

P"ge 3 

YSIDE T NN :i A .r;Y 

Saturday, *pril I 5, 1956(cont) 

quite os friendly, fihen celebrating her 88th birthday -t t e ~me, Miss 
Plummer wrote a poem in celebration. It was o surprise be the Dther old 
lilies and it wos c hLle 1 "Abbie's Little Lamb", roiay b letter came in 
ti.e moil from Mrs. Go e t e l r -iy who purchi 39" the book and enclosed 
was the poem ''Abbie's Little L:mb". We think it especially good. Ihere 
ore ten verses but sp^ce permits only the l _ st two. 

"But as ..e never lovei 
Nor cared for her 9 button 
Ihey sol; Lin to the 
Who mole him into mutton.'' 

'Toe mystery it has been sove 1 
An 1 then at last she knew 
For Abbie's lamb, it w^s 5 ram 
While Mary's was ■' ewe." 


Sunday, April 26, 1936 Cloudy and Cold 

nr e were pleased to again entertain our friends Mr. end 
Mrs. Zelinski for the week-end. They often drive up from 
New York on Saturday and stay until Sunday afternoon. During 
the time they are with us they frequently remark that their 
favorite occupation here is "to sit". "hen it is suggested 
that they walk to the school or the mill, or when we venture 
a daily newspaper they graciously decline with, "No, we went 
to sit." In this way they spend a lazy week-end, sitting be- 
fore the open fire, not reading, not talking, not writing, 
but just sitting; resting and relaxing from the noise and 
rush of city life. 

Monday, April 27, 1936 Fair 

"Our modern things are not new, they are mostly improve- 
ments on ols ideas". This is a remark heard frequently by vi- 
sitors. They are amazed when looking at an 18th century we f fie 
iron, to learn that waffles are not a new dish of the 20th 
century. Go we could go on enumerating a variety of utensils 
which express original ideas of a previous century but which, 
now made of new and shining metals, appear like marvelous in- 
ventions of the present day. This thought was exemplified du- 
ring the ".'orld War in what were then known as Lazy Tongs. These 
were long scissor-like looking articles made of wood. They 
were used by wounded men in hospitals when reaching for things 
that had dropped to the floor. If, when in bed, a letter or 
magazine dropped out of reach of the patient, he could easily 
pick up the lost article with a pair of lazy tongs. Let us 
look at the sketch below v/hich shows a pair of L' zy Tongs of 
the 18th century. These are made of hand wrought iron and were 
used by our great grandmothers for picking up whatever might 
have dropped beyond reach. 

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Tuesday, A^ril 28, 1936 


Last Saturday re quoted some verses from "Abbie's 
Little Lamb". N !ow a letter has cone from Hiss Abbie Plumer, 
the author of the ooem. As was recorded Aboie vthcs 88 years of 
age and is confined in a Home for the Aged in Dorchester, 
Mass. Evidently the book of the story of Mary's Little i-amb 
has pleased Miss Plumer very much. She writes that she wishes 
that she couln visit the . : .chool house where Mary went to school 
and says; "my days of going about are practically over. I have 
to content myself with the next best thing the book of Mary's 

Little Lamb I have enjoyed it thoroughly, every page from 

cover to cover. The picture of the school house with the chil- 
dren near it and Mr. and I.Irs. Henry Ford standing in the door- 
way is very impressive. It was a great idea of them to inves- 
tigate the story and give it to the public." 

"ednesday, April 29, 1936 

'arm <x Pleasant 

A lo 
be in tune 
are pleased 
porch. Duri 
to Daylight 
of the pore 
a lovely di 
several ros 
left for us 
the increas 
sees the fa 
trees with 
other good 

vely warm day for a change and everybody seems to 
with the feeling of warmth and sunshine. The guests 

when they can be seated for tea or dinner on the 
ng the late afternoon and early evening hours (due 

Saving time) the sun pours into the west windows 
h. In the house there are two bcvls of pansies and 
sh of hyacinths from the old-fashioned garden. Also 
eo which some of our guests, Mr. and Mrs. Bowker 
. The hostesses have appeared in light frocks and 
e in the number of guests is marked. Outside one 
it: wagons moving busily by. The lacy effect of the 
leaves just in bud and sun shining through is en- 
sign that Spring is here. 

Miss de Mi lie 
in light Spring 


Thursday, April 30, 1936 


"I am thrilled with the color of this house," remarked 
Mr. Mettel, artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. 

Mettel and daughter stayed over night, having just arrived 
from an extensive European tour. In Europe Mr. Mettel studied 
methods of aqua-tinting and plans to do some pictures of early 
American Taverns. He decided that the very first thing he 
would sketch when he came back to America would be the \ r .'ayside 
Inn. So, sititing near the corner of the Gate House Mr. Mettel 
made a very fine sketch of the house, bringing out many de- 
tails of the trees and shruos. After seeing some of the aqua- 
tints which Mr. Mettel has cone we imagine that the Inn is go- 
ing to be a beautiful picture when done in colors. Mr. Mettel 
plans to have a formal exhibition of his pictures when some 
American scenes are done. Another young artist from a school in 
Boston was working near the mill recently and later painted 
the Inn in .liter color. 

Friday, May 1, 1936 

Very pleasant 

Our attention on Friday evenings turns to the boys of the 
school and to-night they were here again, looking very trim 
in their best suits of clothes. Usually when one sees the boys 
out working around the farm or on the lawns they are attired 
in overalls or old looking clothes. Always do they look neat, 
however. .Recently we found one of the boys taking cere of the 
new chickens. The baby chicks are now quite grown up. 

George MacCorraack 

at the Chicken 


Saturday, May 2, 1936 Pleasant 

Ministers seem to find a keen enjoyir.ent anc- anprecic- 
tion of the house. They like the quiet and. peace of the at- 
mosphere. They find little stories of sacrifice, courage and 
perseverance in many of the furnishings. Beautiful things 
wrought by hand after countless hours of labor, crude bits of 
work which nevertheless show ingenuity and originality. Rev. 
Mr. TUce is among our clerical friends and comes to seeus 
occasionally. He became tremendously interested in the Boys 
School when he was here recently and asked if he might visit 
the school, see the boys at work. etc. He remarked later that 
he planned to write a sermon based on a "Hidden Charity" which 
he learned about at the school. 


Sun lay, May 3, 1936 


In spite of a stead;, rain one hundred and forty-four persona dined at the 
Inn today,, Mo3t of trie people case at noon time in groups ~f t'.ree, four ana 
five. One of our most enthusiastic guests toioy was a Br, McCormick from Chi- 
cago. Although he had to be wheeled about in a w^ieel chair by a Japanese valet 
Mr. McCcrmick was able to see the Parlor and to hear the story of trie Inn. 
He particularly enjoyed the iongfellow association and in locking at the pic- 
tures of the men who to 12 the Tales, groupe.1 over the oil piano in a corner 
of the parlor, Mr McCorraick remarket thnt he thought that particular ''corner" 
to be the most interesting place in the house, he ?lso spoke enthusiastically 
when told about the "somre" clock. He exclaimed, "Jove, isn't that just the 
right word for it, "sombre" I 

Monday, May 4, 1936 

This picture was taken abcut a 
week ago and shows one of our youngest, 
Siie is the youngest visitor that we have 
had stay over night in a long time ani 
we liked tue patter of tiny footsteps 
through the halls and her jumping up 
ani uown in the yard. It w<s difficult 
to snap her in a quiet position. ;:ere 
she is pointing with glee to her older 
brother, ihey are t~:e children of Mr. 
and Mrs. W P Browne. 

Tuesday, May 6, 1936 


It is rather a common occurance for an adult to give us information 
on tne furnishings, but when a small boy volunteered a bit of news, we were 
somewhat surprised. I he young m^n was on the front row in one of the large 
groups of school children that recently visitel the Inn. Be wa3 quiet ^ni 



Tuesday, May 5, 1336 (cont) 

attentive and wile-eyed as he pushed his way to be near the hostess. frl*en 
the hostess spoke of the carders in the old kitchen, used in rolling wool 
in preparation for spinning, the youngster sail, "Did ycu know that carding 
wool was one of the things that the cidldren were made to do in the old 
days? It was one of their most important chores!" 

Wednesday, May 6, 1936 Fair and warm 

We were glad that the sun shone brightly this mroning because we 
entertained three large groups for luncheon. The first group ^rtved *t 
twelve o'clock, coming from Ayer, Massachusetts. Over sixty members of the 
Ayer Womans Club had luncheon in the smal^ dining room an:i later held their °n 
annual meeting there. Large bunches of flowers and a corsage for each offi- 
cer made it a gala party. In the large dining room one hundred and seventeen 
members of the Hoden W mans Club were served luncheon. After lunch they ad- 
journed to the large bald room where a meeting was hell. Later in the after- 
noon a group of children from Brookline, 'Massachusetts complete 1 a histori- 
cal tour by dining here. 

Thursday, May 7, 1936 Cold, showeres 

Modesty is to be admired, but we would hove been pleased today had 
Mr3. Ruth Webb Lee made herself known to us. Not after 3he had left the 
Inn did we discover her name on the register- book. She is tie authoress of 
the well known book on Early American Pre33ed Galas* ihhis book has become very 
popular and has stimulate! mecii interest among collectors in acquiring var- 
ious patterns of old glass. Late this afternoon a group of about sixty school 
children arrived, to be sh.-wn about the Inn. Ihey came from Fitcnburg, Mas3. 

Friday, M^y 8, 193<n Fair and warm 

After yester lay's experience in letting a well known person "escape" 
us, we were p^rticu arj.y alert txiay in discovering !lr George R Putnam, re- 
cently retired chief of the Lighthouse Division of the U. S. Department of 
Commerce. Mr and 2rs. Putnam stopped for luncheon on their way fr^w ILaaling- 
ton to Boston. In the evening we 3oon learned that fir lim HcCoy was in the 
house. He is one of the populTr movie actors from Hollywood and is now doing 
some daring horse-back riding with the circus in Bo3ton. The boys from the 
school, coming in for t^eir iancing class, were thrilled to see Tim. 

Saturday, May 9, 1936 Warm and Pleasant 

The past week with its warm sunshine has brought forth rmny buis on the 
trees and shrubs arouni the house. Especially noticable are the lilac blos- 
soms on the tall white lilac bush *t the side of the front door. White lilacs 
are more unusual than lavender blossoms and older, we think. One of our guests 
spoke of our lilacs today and said that she rememberel a time when lilacs 
were very unpopular and that the o;ter from t.aern was consiaered quite iis^ree- 

P-ige 3 

Saturday, May 9, 1936 (cont) 

She said that she was glad that the sentiment toward the lovely lilac had 
changed. We agreed with her in thinking that lilace are a pretty ani pleasing- 
ly fragrant flower. 


Sunday, May 10, 1936 


Seventy-five members of the Catholic Daughters of Amer- 
ica held their Mothers' Day Communion 3reakfast in the large di- 
ning room at 10:15 this morning. The dining room was filled with 
large sprays of apple blossoms giving a fairy-land-like appear- 
ance to the whole room. Music was furnished by Miss Allen, form- 
er teacher at the Redstone School and Miss de Mille. Around noon 
tine the usual Sunday groups of dinner guests began to arrive 
and continued on through the aftarnoon. Altogether 275 meals 
v.e.^e served. 

Monday, May 11, 1936 


Another tour was made around the outside recently and we 
especially like to visit the "Parmenter Sisters " house, ^his 
quaint old house is as old as the Inn, if not older. It looks 
snug and comfortable in its original setting, and particularly 
charming at this time when all the lilac bushes which surround it 
are in bud. We also admired the old well and thought it worthy 
of a oicture. 

Tuesday, May 12, 1936 

Thunder showers 

This is the season when v/e are entertaining many large 
parties. We were glad to welco-e the New England Baptist Hospital 
Alumnae group of about sixty-five young ladies who came this e- 
wening for dinner. They were our guests last year also and seemed 
to enjoy themselves very much, both at the dinner which was given 
in honor of the graduating class, and in the Ball room later when 
they danced a few of the old-fashioned dances. Mrs. Elderkin, our 
regular dancing teacher, directed the dances and some of the 
young ladies were doing the Barn dance, the Virginia Reel and the 


Wednesday, way 13, 1936 Partly cloudy 

People from Western states particularly thrill to learn 
about the Inn, its history and its furnishings. Most of them come 
with the idea that they are go ing to see things which are vastly 
different from things in the 7/est,, eld pieces of furniture and 
household utensils about which they have read but have never seen. 
They are often the people who stay for luncheon and linger on to 
see everything, the school house, the coaches and the mill. We 
found a lady today writing a letter at the desk in the parlor. She 
was from a western state and sincerely expressed her appreciation 
of the Inn by saying: "I will never as long as I live, forget this 
place. I think it is perfect, the luncheon was perfect, everything 
is perfect." 

Thursday, May 14, 1936 Pleasant 

"e have received a letter from Miss Maude Doolittle, an 
overnight guest, enclosing a list of 38 birds. All of these birds 
were seen by Miss Doolittle and three friends aho came to the Inn 
especially for the purpose of studying the birds. Miss Fisher says 
that Miss Doolittle and her friends literally "stole" out of their 
rooms at an early rorning houB, probably well trained in moving 
about stealthily, and spent several hours in seeking the various 
birds which fly around this vicinity. In the list which Miss Doo- 
little sent were many birds which we have already seen. In fact 
we were proud to add ten more birds to the list, making a total 
of 48 different birds seen in our neighborhood this year. 

Friday, May 15, 1936 Pleasant 

More groups came today and kept the hostesses busy in 
taking care of each grouo as it arrived. First came a party of 
7 for luncheon in the old kitchen. Next was another grouo from the 
Edward Devotion School in Brookline, 34 pupils sat down to an af- 
ternoon lunch at 4:30 o'clock. In the evening we entertained a 
birthday party consisting of 9 persons. During dinner a birthday 
cake appeared with white icing and border of lilacs, giving it a 
festive touch. The fourth large number to arrive were executives 
of the Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Co. who had one long ta ole 
in the old dining room for their dinner party of 22. 

Saturday, May 16, 1936 Pleasant 

Among our regular guests are two school groups which co::.e 
every Saturday morning under the direction of Mr. Fisher from "'or- 
cester. This is the eighth season Mr. Fisher has been visiting the 
Inn with Junior High School groups. During the month of May each 
year, Mr. Fisher cores regularly every Saturday morning about 8 
o'clock. They go on from here to Lexington and Concord. Miss de 
Mille says they are the best of the school groups for they always 
quiet and attentive and interested. It seems that Mr. Fisher al- 
ways has a joke, too, and it is the same joke every Saturday, 
played on a different group of youngsters. It's about Mr. Fisher's 

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Saturday, May 16, 1936 (cont) 

hat. He always puts it near the corn sheller in the front hall. 
Then when Miss de Mille mentions the corn sheller, Mr, Wisher ex- 
plains that the hat is not old that it is a 20th Century hat and 
belongs to him! Other school groups which visited the Inn this 
week, include : 

Faculty wives State Teachers' College 
Fitchourg, Mass. 

History Club of the Hi£h School of 
Commerce, Worcester, i.Iass. 

Mi 1 lour y Junior High School 
Ilillbury, Mass. 

Teachers College of Connecticut 
New Britain, Conn. 

Travel Club of -^ynn English High 
School. Lynn, Mass. 

Class of 1939 Brocton High School 
3rocton, Mass. 


Sunday, May 17, 1936 


Yesterday being the annual Tree Day obsevance at "elles- 
ley College we entertained several young students and their 
parents through the week-end. One young lady telephoned at 
half past twelve and asked if we could arrange a table for 
twenty persons at one o'clock. From the telephone the hostess 
transferred the order to a me; 1 slip and hastened to the pan- 
try where the order was given to waitresses and kitchen. Prom- 
ptly at one, in spite of a hundred or more other Sunday dinner 
guests, everything was ready for the part}' from "ellesley. It 
consisted of several pretty college girls and the rest were 
proud mothers and fathers. 

Monday, May 18, 1936 

An increasing number of visitors are taking advantage 
of these lovely warm Spring days to see the Inn. They are 
spending more time in walking about the grounds and often 
are seen lingering around the front door. The seats on ei- 
ther side of the front door tempt one to sit down in the 
sunshine. Prom there a splendid view of the la-.ns, trees 
and shrubs can be enjoyed. Also much comment is made on the 
English Hawthorne tree which is now covered with its lovel; 
pink blossoms. This stands just across the gravel roadway 
in front of the Inn. 

Spring visitors near the front door. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 1936 Pleasant 

Lately we have had among our guests several people from 
Japan. One party v/hich interested us very much were a mother 
and father and daughter from Tokio. The father graduated some 
years ago from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 
speaks English fluently. The daughter who looks like a typical 
Japanese doll, can speak only a few words of our language. She 
was quiet and smiling most of the tire and looked intently at 
everything. Once, however, she came close to the hostess and 
a little bashfully mumbled the word "won-der-ful" .' The other 
party of Japanese who came to our attention particularly were 
three young men. Two of them have been here many tires before, 
but the third was introduced as a student who had arrived in 
Boston on his way from Euro oe to Japan.. This was his one day 
in Boston. He spent it in seeing the Inn and in lunching here 
with his two friends. 

Wednesday, May 20, 1936 Pleasant 

The Urological Society is having its annual meeting in 
Boston and today the wives of visiting members were here for 
luncheon; 110 in the party'. In the group of out -of -town doc- 
tors was John K Orraond of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. 
Dr and Mrs Orraond dined here on Monday evening with some 
friends and said that they felt very uch at home because they 
had heard a great deal about the Tayside Inn. This evening an- 
other large group were here; the National Confectioners Asso- 
ciation with 74 of their number in the dining room. After din- 
ner they adjourned to the ball room where old-time dances were 
enjoyed under the direction of Mrs Elderkin. 

Thursday, May 21, 1936 Pleasant 

We called on Mr Hebb at the sheep barn this week and 
found that the sheep had just been given a shearing. Although 
they are not as pretty without their white coats, we decided 
to take a picture of them. The picture reminds us of what 
Miss "Jelch, our former hostess, said about newly sheared 
sheep. She remarked that after shearing, the sheep alwaj's 
look rather ashamed of themselves! 

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Thursday, May 21, 1936 (cont) 

Friday, May 22, 1936 

Instructors and boys from the 
engaged in setting ui a stage and i 
properties fro three plays which we 
by the three schools, Mary's -^amb, 
Chairs v/ere arranged end the large 
ents and friends. All declared that 
formed very well and that the boys 
mystery play. The "mystery" did not 
any length of time, for according t 
who were not in the play they "knew 
was alive!" 

Pleasant and warm 

school have been busily 
n getting together stage 
re presented this evening 
Southwest and Boys School. 
Ball room filled with par- 

the smaller children per- 
put on an especially good 

remain deep and dark for 
o two or three of the boys 
all the time that the man 

Saturday, May 23, 1936 


Mr Edward A Filene of Boston came out for dinner to- 
night and brought with hir: a letter which he has kindly pre- 
sented to the Inn. It is a note written to Mr Filene by Mr 
Lemon acknowledging a drawing of the Paint and Clay Club at 
the Wayside Inn which Mr. Filene presented to Mr Lemon in 1899. 
The drawing now hangs in the front lower hall and we think that 

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Saturday, May 23, 1936(cont) 

the letter will be a splendid addition. It reads as follows: 

So. Sudbury Dec 18th 99 

Mr Edwd Philene 
Boston Mass 

My dear Sir: 

I may seem slov in answering your kind letter 
and gift of the Pen drawing of the Paint and Clay Club 
at the Inn, but ray business has been so rushing I over- 
looked it but I value and appreciate the gift and have 
given it a good place; it was very kind of you. 

Yours truly 

E.R. Ler.on 


Sunday, May 24, 1936 

Pleasant & warm 

On Sundays the hostess staff, waitresses and kitchen 
workers are on duty in fill swing. This means that every reg- 
ular worker is here. During the week every person in every one 
of these departments has a day away. Consequently when you 
sometimes find one of the members of our staff absent, it is 
explained that this is "her day off". But you never find this 
to be the case on Sunday. As a matter of fact there are usual- 
ly extra waitresses in the dining room to take care of the ex- 
tra large number of dinner guests. Should you happen to look 
into the pantry on a Sunday, you will find the girls in their 
neat gray uniforms rushing to and fro, carrying trays, "making 
up" salads or calling an order down to the kitchen. Agnes in 
her fresh white sik dress directs the waitresses and makes sure 
that our guests are served promptly and efficiently. 

wayside inn dia?,y 

Monday, x.iay 25, 1936 Pleasant 

The hostesses have become accustomed to explaining cer- 
tain things in the house to our guests and not calling attention 
to others. This is due to the that the time a person can 
spend here is often limited. Therefore we have chosen to point 
out to our guests the things which we think to be the most in- 
teresting and important. Once in a while, however, a guest will 
call our attention to something we have not mentioned and tell 
us an interesting story about it. This happened today when a 
man spoke of a dear little child's chair. He asked if we knew 
why the four posts of the chair were smoothed down on one side, 
making a flat surface. " 7 e didn't know. He then explained to us 
that the smooth part on the post was put down on the floor and 
the chair pushed around the room by the baby of the family when 
he or she was learning to walk. After this interesting bit of 
informationhad been given we flet that our little chair, which 
is near the register desk in the Bar room, had been somewhat 

Tuesday, May 26, 1936 Pleasant 

Sir John " ? ilson from London was en early morning visit- 
or. "'Inen told about the sombre clock in the Parlor and that po- 
ssibly the clock case had been sent to China and lacquered 
there, Sir John said, "No, that was not always done. After a 
few had been sent and the art of lacquering learned by the Eng- 
lish, the clock cases were then generally lacquered in England." 
"3ut", said Sir John, " T7 .'e will soon find out just where the 
clock was lacquered! If the eyebrows of the ren pictured on the 
case are slanting, then the case was cone in the Orient. If the 
eyebrows are straight this will prove that the case was lac- 
quered in England!" After a careful examination our guests 
thought the eyebrows to be on a slant. Miss De Mille says that 
the eyebrows are straight! A magnifying glass is needed! 

"ednesday , May 27, 1936 Showeres 

Flcweres are appearing on the dining tables and through- 
out the house. One of the prettiest combinations of flowers and 
one which caused much comment from our guests was a lilac and 
tulip arrangement; lavender lilacs and pink tulips placed to- 
gether. Lately we have had graceful branches of spirea with a 
few iris mixed in . Today there are large clusters of purple 

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Wednesday, May 27, 1936 (cont) 

iris in the pewter mugs and vases. The pictures below were 
taken at the green house. In the : ' frames" are some of the flow- 
er plants ready to be transplanted into our cut flower garden. 
The interior view shows some of the boys at work on the cucmber 

Thursday, May 28, 193 6 


A gentleman came to the front door about eight o'clock 
this evening and asked if we kept over-night guests. V : hen an- 
swered in the affirmative he engaged a double room for him- 
self and wife. After having dinner the wife (Mrs Scribner) 
asked some questions about the Inn and on being told about the 
Longfellow conection exclaimed; "Why, I had no idea we were in 
Longfellow's '"ay side Inn! We have read of it, of course, and 
while we were eating dinner I knew that Mr Scribner had brought 

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Thursday, May 28, 1936 (cont) 

me to an unusual, delightful place. I felt as if he was giving 
me a lovely present; that I was having a most wonderful experi- 
ence. But I never imagined that I was in the dear old Wayside 
Inn! We came on it accidentally, and I thought it just another 
place to stay. I never anticipated such a treat as this." 

Friday, May 29, 1936 Fair 

An elderly laay came today who reported that she had at- 
tended a party held years ago in Cambridge when Mr Longfel? 
played the role of Sant Claus. She said: "I didn't care whether 
he was a poet or not and when someone whispered to me that Santa 
Claus was trie great and famous Longfellow, I was interested only 
in knowing whether his pack contained a gift for me! Mrs Brooks 
explained that the party took place just after Mr Longfellow's 
marriage to Miss Appleton. 

Saturday, May 30, 1936 Pleasant 

A holiday and the usual holiday stream of visitors and 
dinner guests. Among the two hundred dinner guests was Mr Sui - 
ner 7/elles, Assistant Secretary of State and former ambassador 
to Cuba. 


Sunday, May 31, 1936 Pleasant 

Sundays remind us of the long tedious sermons of 
Sunday church services in the old cays, the minister who 
preached for three hours in the morning and again in the 
afternoon. We are reminded of the unheated meeting houses 
and the tiny square foot stoves filled with warm coals. 
On a shelf behind our Bar is an Hour Glass, used corr only 
on the pulpit of the old meeting house, "e can imagine how 
keenly the small boys and girls in the congregation watched 
the sand as it dropped sloly from one glass container into 
the other. One of our guests gave us some interesting in- 
formation about the Hour Glass. He said that there was a 
flat surfrce on the side of the wooden frame on which the 
glasses rest. 7'hen tipped on its side then the Hour ^lass 
stays secure and the sa .- s not flow. Consequently when 
tbere was need for a short rest during the three hour sermon, 
the glass was placed on its side and no count made for the 
time out.' 

Monday, June 1, 1936 Pleasant 

In comparison with the experience of the Scribner's, 
over-night guests last week who were surprised tc find them- 
selves at the "'ayside Inn, were some visitors today from 
Toronto, Canada. The goupr consisted of a mother and two 
sons. As they were being shown about the house, the hostess 
suggested that she might oe taking too much of their time. 
In a loud chorus they said, "No indeed." Then they went on 
to say that they had. come all the way from Canada to see the 
house; that they had dreamt of being here, hoped some day 
that a visit would be possible and that at last they had ar- 
rived! "You have no ir-ea of what this visit means to us," 
they sr-id. 


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Tuesday, June 2, 1936 


Our guests enjoy the Grist Mill and often enquire 
in which direction to go to get there. After a visit to the 
Mill, the guests are frequently seen with a bag of flour 
or meal tucked under their arm. 3elow is a picture of Mr 
Ma the son, the neat and tidy miller, who courteiously tells 
you all about the workings of the irill and how the eleva- 
tors run about carrying the flour upstairs into the sepa- 
rators and downstairs again into the bins. When we ask 
Mr Matheson if he could think of something interesting. and 
typical to have in his hand for the picture, he said : "'.Veil, 
how would a bag of meal do?" 


Wednesday, June 3, 1936 Pleasant 

Although we request our guests not to" tip" any em- 
ployee of t he house, often we receive tokens of apprecia- 
tion in other forms than the usual monetary " tip/', "hen 
certain of our guests come for dinner on Saturday night 
they always bring to one of the hostesses a copy of the 
Boston Evening Transcript with a small bouquet of flowers. 
Sometimes a guest will write a note of appreciation after 
a visit to the Inn and will enclose a dainty handkerchief 
for the hostess. -Recently a gentleman dashed out to his 
car in the parking space and returned with a box of pop 
corn. He exclaimed, "I make the beat corn you*ve ever tast- 
ed J Been making it for years. I'll tell you everything about 
it except how to make it! You've told me some mighty in- 
teresting things. Now I want you to know what I do." Then 
again one of the hostesses will pass around a box of candy: 
a gift from a grateful guest. 

Thursday, June 4, 1936 Pleasant 

Large groups continue to corr.e to see the house and 
to be served in the dining room. Among the groups which 
have come during the past week are. 

Bristol High School, Bristol, N H 
17 members 

C C Club, Boston 
17 members 

Boylston School, Boylston, Mass. 
19 members 

Hamilton High School 
88 Pupils 

Cornerstone Bible Class, Winchester, Mass. 

16 members 

Pcge 4 


Friday, June 5, 1936 Pleasant 

This week we have entertained several people from 
Detroit. Mr and Mrs W N Davis and daughter stayed ever 
night ~n Tednesday leaving yesterday afternoon. This after- 
noon Mr Fournier also from the Ford Motor Company was a vis- 
itor and was shown all through the house. He told us much a- 
bout Greenfield Village and of the many fine pieces of furn- 
iture there. 

Saturday, June 6, 1936 Pleasant 

In Part 2 of the "Tales of a TJaysice Inn" is The Le- 
gend Beautiful, the Theologian's tale. It is indeed a beau- 
tiful story about the monk who saw a vision of the Cord ap- 
pear before him. He was surprised and felt exhalted" that the 
Lord should visit his poor cell. Outside, however, were poor 
and hungry people waiting e t the convent gate. 

Should he go or should he st&yV 
Should he leave the poor to wait 
Hungry at the Convent gate 
Till the vision passed away? 

Then a voice within his breast 
whispered : 
Do thy duty that is best 
Leave unto the Lord the rest. 

The last tow lines appeared in the Boston Transcript 
this evening and the question asked as to where they could 
be found. We do not think it generally known that these fam- 
iliar lines aopea. 1 in our own "Tales of a V'avside Inn". 


Sunday, June 7, 1936 Pleasant 

A social service worker from New Bedford lokked at 
our "Spills" in the pipe box in the ^ar room and asked if 
they were old. It was explained that the Spills had been 
made recently to show our guests the form of tcper used 
in the old days when matches were few and expensive. Then 
the lady said that she had never seen a Spill until a few 
years ago, at the beginning of the depression, when she 
had found poor people in the tenement districts making pa- 
per spills exactly like ours , to use instead of matches. 
We were surprised to learn that people had need to econo- 
mize to that extent in the present day. We were glad, how- 
ever, that as practical a way to conserve could be bor- 
rowed from our ingenious ancestors! 

Monday, J une 8, 1936 Pleasant 

Te might say that this is our week of large groups. 
They started today about noon time when 39 ladies, wives 
of the Alumni of the Mass. Institute of* Technology, had 
luncheon in the old Dining room. At 2:30 in the afternoon 
75 members of the Somerville Catholic TTomens Club arrived 
to play cards in the large Ball room. After the card games 
were over, the group adjourned to the large Dining room 
where a chicken dinner was served. After dinner old fash- 
ioned dancing was enjoyed in the Ball room. In the mean- 
time another group of 45 members of the Equitable Life In- 
surance Company held a dinner in the small dining room. 
These groups were, of course, in addition to our usual 
luncheon and dinner guests and visitors to see the house. 

Tuesday, June 9, 1936 Pleasant 

One of the largest and "one of the best groups that 
ever came into the house" as Agnes, our head waitress said 
was the V'oburn Teachers Association which held a dinner 
here tonight. One hundred and sixty young men and women 
paid tribute to their retiring Superintendent of Schools 
by being at the dinner and presenting him with several 
gifts, a testimonial, a large bouquet of flowers and tv 
sums of money. After dinner a few good, familiar songs 
were sung and speeches were made. On leaving more then 
one teacher spike to our hostess declaring that this was 
the best ->lace, the best food, and the best time that their 
particular group had enjoyed in several years. 

Wednesday, June 10, 1936 Cloudy 

Sixty members of the Junior Ciess of the Immaculate 
Conception School of Lowell were luncheon guests today. A 
sister in charge of the school thought we should have a 

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Wednesday, June 10, 1936(cont) 

copy of a short piece of prose which one of the pupils 
wrote about the Inn. As space forbids quoting every line, 
se can only repeat in part : 

"Aregion of repose, it seems 
A place of sli of c [ret 

among the /.ills" 


"Dreams f ou " ' 5 Ln 7 re -revolutionary days, 
of a new era of liberty and peace. 
Dreair.s of the young French officer, Lafayette, who 
having helped to gain our freedom, returned to 
his own land with new and sronger ideals." 

Thursday, June 11, 1936 Pleasant 

Pupils of the Hedbtone and Southwest Schools provided 
an entertainment in the large Ball room this evening, as a 
kind of closing party for their parents and friends. A Mother 
Goose play was enacted and an exhibition of old fashioned 
dancing was enjoyed. Gue ts coring in for dinner were also 
invited to see the children and several expressed rpprecia- 
tion and enthusiasm for a pleasant evening. It seemed to be 

an especially enjoyable evening for a young man and his 
wife who came all the way from Manchester, New Hampshire to 
see the house, but after hearing that they could have dinner 
here, they decided to stay. Later they joined the audience 
in the Ball room and were not on their way back to Manchester 
until a late hour. 

Friday, June 12, 1936 Pleasant 

We were very proud of the Senior Class of the Soys 
School when they dined at the Inn this evening. Tall, good 
looking boys in ..est clothes, and several with a bright flow- 
er in the lapel of their coats. Mr and Mrs. Sennott, Mr and 
Mrs. Young and instructors of the school mace up the dinne 
party which took pi : i. Aften s 

joinec ■ " gul£ ia: ning dancing class, 

Saturday, June 13, 1936 Rain 

Ending our week was another day of large groups. Perhaps 
the most important party was the 50th ".e doing Anniversary din- 
ner of Mr end Mrs Chandler of Leominster, Mass. Dinner was 
served in the old kitchen at 1?:30 o'clock. Apropos of the oc- 
casion were floral decorations of white syringa, which looked 
as nearly like orange blossoms as we could provide, with a 
few deep pink roses scattered through. In the centre of the 
table was a large wedding cake with white icing an r ~ trimmed 
with the same kinds of flowers. The red and white table cloth 

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Saturday, June 13, 193 6(cont) 

and napkins were reminiscent of old days and a cheery 
fire brightened the room. Another interesting group was 
that of twenty-five members of the Selectmens Association 
of Middlesex County. Arrangements were made for this meet- 
ing and luncheon by Mr Hall, Chairman of the Selectmen of 
Sudbury. Meetings were held in the small Ball room in the 
morning and again in the afternoon. This would seerr. to be 
the appropriate place in all Middlesex County for the 
Selectmen to meet. We remember the account in the Town re- 
cords of Sudbury, that in the year 1695 the Selectmen of 
Sudbury "Expended at Mr. Hows: 1 pound, 4 shillings, 6 
pence." The items listed are as follows: 

July 2, 1695, by 6 dinners 
Aug 28, 95, 8 dinners 

and a pint half rum 
Aug ye 30, '95 by 6 diners 

pin r half rum 
Sept. 6, '95 a quart of rum 
7 dinners Selectmen 
by a pint of rum 

















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Sunday, June 14, 1936 Rain 

This week might be termed "graduation week". It is 
the Commencement week of our own 7/ayside Inn Schools and 
also for many of the large schools and colleges in this 
vicinity; chief among them Harvard University and 7/elles- 
ley College. Consequently there were several parties of 
pretty girls and young men gathered in the large dining 
room during this afternoon, Pouring rain outside did not 
seem to hinder the jollity and frivolity of the occasion 
inside. But we imagine that some of the fair young grad- 
uates who appeared in dark dresses were keenly disappoin- 
ted that light fluffy apparel could not be worn. 

Monday, June 15, 1936 Cloudy & 


Over simple white dresses, several sweet girl grad- 
uates from 7/ellesley wore the conventional long black 
graduation gown when they arrived here for luncheon to- 
day. Sitting around the fireplace informally in the Bar- 
room could be seen two tall blonde girls strikingly beau- 
tiful in these long black robes and tri-cornered black 
hats. On the settle nearby sat proud fathers, with Grad- 
uation Day programs tucked in their pockets, listening in- 
tently to the sophisticated and v. ise conversation of their 
daughters! We were impressed with the poise and self-con- 
fidence these charming girls possessed. 

Tuesday, June 16, 1936 Pleasant 

If we may be permitted to write for a third day in 
succession about this commencement week and its gradua- 
tions, we would like to say a word about some of the 
young men, just out of Harvard College, who came to the 
Inn today. And speaking of Harvard reminds us that this 
is the 300th anniversary of the founding of the College. 
During the early days of the Inn we can imagine that oc- 
casionally a Harvard student would arrive on the stage 
coach, a young man bound for the great seat of learning 
at Cambridge. Then later when Longfellow drew his charac- 
ters for the Tales of a 7/ayside Inn, we remember the "The- 
ologian from the School of Cambridge on the Charles". The 
young students from Cambridge who came to the Inn today 
seemed unusually youthful, yet there was a seriousness 
and earnestness in their manner; they were genuine and 
sincere. 7 : e realized, however, that an education was not 
entirely responsible for these fine examples of young Am- 
erican manhood. Parents of the boys were with them and 
had attended the the graduation exercises. Modest too, the 
parents were typical of the so-called middle class. V, T e 
felt that a great many sacrifices had been made to give 
these boys a college education. Therefore this visit of v 
both parents and sons to the 7/ayside Inn was an unusual 
event; it was a treat, a kind of celebration. The boys 


of tlie 

Uagatto 3mt ^>r!|oola 

Thursday, June 18, 1936 

Hayatto 3tm 



7.45 P. M. 


aptfo 3nn lings Sdjonl 

MARCH Miss Fisher 

Miss de Milk 

SONG — "America the Beautiful" 

INVOCATION Rev. John Cummings 

Congregational Church, Marlborough 

OLE' BLACK JOE (Stephen Foster) Southwest 



PIANO SOLO Robert Johnson, Boys School 


Marilyn Field, Southwest 


MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB Helen Eaton, Redstone 

PIANO SOLO Wilfred Allen, Boys School 


Secretary and General Superintendent, 
The Universaiist General Convention 

DUET — "The Beautiful Blue Danube" Joyce Belcher 

Elaine Tulis, Southwest 



(words by Robert Cook, '36) 

SONG — "Now the Day is Over" 

BENEDICTION Rev. John Cummings 

MARCH Miss Fisher 

Miss de Mille 

(graduates 1936 


Charlotte Ruth Capone 

Helen Louise Eaton 

Russell Mason Spring, Jr. 

Alfred Francis Bonazzoli 

Kenneth Charles McKenzie 


Marilyn Jean Field 

Elaine Marie Tulis 

Joyce Hortense Belcher 

Alvin Lloyd Bradshaw 


Alton Robert Cook 

George Leslie Earle 

Waino David Hakala 

Walter Clarence Hamilton 

Oliver John Kuronen 
George Henry McCormack 
Joseph Mathew McDonald 
Eugene Vincent O'Connor 

Edwin Adam Paige 
Anthony Mathew Talacko 


O beautiful for spacious skies, 

For amber waves of grain; 
For purple mountain majesties 

Above the fruited plain! 

America ! America ! 

God shed his grace on thee, 
And crown thy good with brotherhood, 

From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrim feet, 

Whose stern impassioned stress 
A thoroughfare for freedom beat 

Across the wilderness! 

America ! America ! 

God mend thine ev'ry flaw, 
Confirm thy soul in self-control, 

Thy liberty in law! 


Now the day is over 

Night is drawing nigh, 
Shadows of the evening 

Steal across the sky. 

Through the long night watches 
May thine angels spread 

Their white wings above me, 
Watching 'round my bed. 

When the morning wakens, 

Then may I arise, 
Pure and fresh and sinless 

In thy holy eyes. 

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Tuesday, Jane 16, 1936(cont) 

were beaming with enthusiasm and an air of exciteir.ent pre- 
vailed. It was as if this were the one great event of a 
life time; something that occurs only once. And so it is, 
this Commencement week when many fine young people are com- 
mencing a new phase of life. 

Wednesday, June 17, 1936 Cloudy 

Mr J ? Marquand ordered tea this afternoon and when 
giving his name at the Bar, Miss Fisher discovered him to 
be the well known writer. For a long time we kept his book 
"Lord Timothy Dexter" under the print of the Dexter house 
which hangs in the Bar-room. The book finally became so 
worn that it was put on the shelf in the Library closet. 
Miss Fisher explained the circumstances to Mr Marquand. It 
seems that Mr Marquand has been here several times before. 
He must find keen enjoyment in the Inn for he is thoroughly 
familiar with New England historical subject matter. 

Thursday, June 18, 1936 Showers 

Graduation exercises of the Wayside Inn schools took 
place this evening in the large Ball-room. We were very 
proud of the graduates of the Boys School, the Mary Lamb 
School and the Southwest School as they took their places 
before a gathering of relatives and friends. Especially 
were we pleaded with the nice looking boys of the Boys 
School. They sat very stright and still in a semi-circle 
on the stage. There was a fine talk by &r Stz, a V/ayside 
Inn minister, that is, of the Universalist Retreat group 
of ministers who come to the "ayside Inn annually, and Mr 
Sennott presented diplomas. Every boy was dignified and 
modest as he came forward to receive his own certificate 
of graduation. V/e wish we could write a bit about every 
single boy. Each one has his own special fine character- 
istics which makes him worth of the education received 
here. Each one has endeared himself to the Wayside Inn 
family and it is with somewhat a feeling of sadness that 
the time has come for a graduation . We hope, however, that 
these graduates will not lose touch with their school and 
that they will always remain members of our V/ayside Inn 

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A Glimpse at Our Seniors at Wayside Inn 

(By Joseph McDonald) 

As I sit and gaze at my fellow 
seniors in an attempt to fathom their 
varying characteristics, I am im- 
pressed by the fact that we are all 
so very dissimilar in many respects, 
and yet we live harmoniously to- 

We are ten in number; rugged 
and athletic as a whole, and with a 
broad, eager, and hopeful outlook 
on life. As we are to graduate into 
the cold, cold world this June, it 
may be of interest to record some of 
our ambitions and aspirations. 

Let us start down one aisle and 
up the next. There is Walter Hamil- 
ton, a big boy who tips the scales at 
one hundred and eighty pounds. 
"Hammy" wants to become a farmer 
and is majoring in teaming. He is 
looking out of the window intently 
just now, and I readily imagine he is 
thinking of the coming spring, the 
planting of seeds, the cultivation of 
the soil, and the many other occupa- 
tions connected with his chosen work. 
In addition to his other virtues, 
Hamilton is one of our best football 

We next meet "Mike" Kuronen, 
the boy aviator of the class, who is 
now pondering a chapter in chemistry. 
Mike is often found talking about 
aviation or reading on the subject. 
His favorite periodical is Popular 
Aviation. This boy is also a star 
pitcher on the baseball team and an 
excellent skater. 

As I look farther down the aisle 
my eyes focus upon "Bob" Cook. A 
medium-sized, good-looking fellow, 
and popular with tltf&boys is Bob. 
He is our best writer and 1 is now 
engaged in turning out material for 
the Herald. We feePThat this boy 
will make a name for himself in the 
newspaper world. 

Next we have "Tony" Talacko, 
who is smaller in size than the rest 
of us, but nevertheless a boy with 
big ideas. Everyone knows that 
Tony has literary ability and that he 
is one of the best students in the 
class. Perhaps his major interest, 
though, is poultry. He spends much 
time with this study, and it would 
not be surpiising ii he is able to see 
some poetry in hens. Perhaps the 
hens may have a future poet laureate 
in Tony. 

The boy behind Tony, who is at 
present engaged in reading a chapter 
of Ivanhoe, is none other than Edwin 

Paige who has ambitions toward 
becoming a speed demon. Ed is 
interested in mechanics in genera], 
and has high hopes of driving a racing 
car over the race tracks of the country. 
He is also interested in radio and 
may often be found tinkering away 
on a set oblivious to all about him. 
The fellow who follows Ed is my 
old friend Vincent 'Irishj O'Connor, 
who is now sporting a green sweater. 
"Okey," as we call him, is interested 
in motorcycles and mechanics of a 
general nature. He is the part owner 
of a Harley cycle and may be found 
on any Saturday afternoon puttering 
around it. It is of an ancient vintage, 
but it is possible that Okey may coax 
it to run some day. O'Connor 
hopes to obtain work as a machinist 
with Brown and Sharpe in Providence 
after graduation. He sits now with 
a broad smile on his face and is filling 
out an application blank to this firm, 
with the assistance of the instructor. 
Sitting on my left is George Earle, 
a most efficient reporter for the 
Herald. "Screwey" is also one of our 
best track men and a star catcher on 
the baseball team. He wants to go 
farther in school for the purpose of 
becoming a civil engineer or a teacher. 
He deserves all success and will find 
a way to accomplish results. 

Next comes George MacCormack. 
"Mac" just at present is in deep 
meditation over an article in Time. 
He is a skillful hockey player and was 
a very good man on the gridiron last 
fall. In addition, he is our best 
mathematician and a remarkably 
good student in general. Mac's 
ambition is to become an accountant. 
The ninth member of the class, 
ninth only in the order of discussion 
in this article, is Waino Hakala, or 
"Haky," as we call him. He is a 
tall, lanky boy, noted for his baseball 
ability. Haky has ambitions in the 
engineering field and we wish him 
success. He is now browsing through 
the encyclopedia, but not aimlessly, 
for Haky has sharp eyes, and remem- 
bers what he reads. 

The author of this article, Joseph 
McDonald, or "Joe," as he is famil- 
iarly known in the school, has been 
able as a rule to hold his own in 
athletics, of which he is very fond. 
His ambition is to become a salesman 
and he has had no difficulty in 
getting along with people and actually 
enjoys meeting and talking with them 

From the 

April 17, 

193 6 

Page 4 


Friday, June 19, 1936 Cloudy- 

Gilbert K Chesterton, f ar ous British author, who died 
this past week was, in December 1931, a guest at the Way- 
side Inn. In one of the obituary accounts of his life 
which appeared in the Boston Herald, mention is made of 
this visit to the Inn. The account reads as follows: 

"Gilbert K Chesterton, who found American 
towns and villages generally an "eyesore" 
was struck with the quiet beauty of the 
New England countryside on his visit to 
this section in December 1931, when he 
was a four-day guest at Holy Cross Col- 
lege. In subsequent letters to Rev Mich- 
ael Earls, S J at Holy Cross, he re- 
marked that the " literary highlight of 
my visit was the trio to the "/ayside • «• 
Inn " in nearby Sudbury." 

Saturday, June 20, 193 p - Pleasant 

"Graduation week" ended tonight with the Graduation 
Ball. Old fashioned dancing was in order in the large Ball 
room and our boys, accompanied by pretty young ladies, 
marched in to the strains of a five piece orchestra. From 
the gay laughter and applause which came forth from the di- 
rection of the Ball roor all during the evening, we are 
sure that a good time was enjoyed. One of our overnight 
guests remarked on the unusual sight; a group of young pe- 
ople engaged in the old dances. He said that he had en- 
joyed watching the party very much and that he thought it 
a great idea to revive the old dances. "It's a fine thing 
for our young people", lie remarked. 

lYSIDE inn diary 

Sunday, June 21, 1S36 Pleasant 

The most important thing we do on Sundry is to serve 
meals. At noon time especially and long into the afternoon 
our service centers mostly around the dining room, the pan- 
try and the kitchen 'where orders for dinners are taken 
care of as quickly as possible. In the front of the house, 
too almost every guest who enters wants dinner. He studies 
the menu, consults his wife, his family or his sweetheart, 
as the case may be and then gives his choice. Sunday dinner 
at the Wayside Inn is a kind of family party where guests 
linger long over the di;mer table and eat their meal lei- 
surely. Some families do not arrive until three or four 
o'clock in the afternoon and make our dinner their one big 
meal of the day. Other guests prefer dinner at night and en- 
joy it in the cool twilight from a table on the porch. 

Monday, June 22 , 1936 Fair 

While one of the hostesses was taking a group through 
the house today, a man, his wife and small boy joined the 
group. In a minute our hostess noticed that the lady, who 
had just entered the room, was suppressing sobs; she was 
actually crying and trying hard not to make it noticeable 
to the other guests. As the hostess talked she could see 
that the other guests were absorbed in the story; they 
were not mindful of the sobbing. The hostess continued, 
es if there was no disturbance, yet she was not unmindful 
of the tears. But as the story unfolded and the guests were 
told of Longfellow and his association with the Inn, our 
lady became more calm, the sobs be erne less frequent md 
she was interested . TDien the "jovial rhyme, writ near a 
century ago by the great Major Molineaux" was quoted, there 
appeared a real smile and before the group vent upstairs, 
the lady was heard to actually laugh! 

Tuesday, June 23, 1936 Cloudy 

Every hostess makes a small collection of personal 
cards, that is cards which our guests present when they 
come into the house, or on leaving after they have become 
acquainted. Oftentimes the card gives a business address 
and tells in what particular line of business our guest is 
employed. The variety of business interests represented is 
notable. A few, received this past week are as follows: 

Robert **yle President, The Conrad Pyle Co. 

Star Rose Growers, '.Vest Grove, Pa. 

M Williams Operating Manager, General Electric Co. 

Supply Corporation, Boston, Mass. 

C E Downs Marge son 

Vice President, A E Long & Son, Inc. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 1936 (cont) 

Shelby M Harbison General Diractor 

The Hussell Sage foundation 
New York City 

", June 24, 1936 

Partly cloudy oc rain 

One of our most popular exhibits is the Sap Bucket 
in the Bar room. Guests enjoy it very much. They linger a- 
round it. They read the handwriting on the bottom of it, 
and remark about the unusual, interesting groups of auto- 
graphs thereon. Lately the last signature, that of Edward, 
King of England, has had especial notice. This evening the 
sap bucket reminded one of our guests of a story. She said 
that her grandfather professed himself to be a very pious 
man. He lived on a farm .n Vermont where it was necessary 
to gather maple sap in buckets like our fair.ous bucket. The 
grandfather usually observed Sunday in a very religious 
manner. In the Spring, however, when the sap was running 
freely, it must be taken care of every dry, even on Sundry. 
Gathering the sap on this particular farm fell to the lot 
of one of the small bo ,r s. The small boy was wont to whistle 
a tune as he made the rounds of the 
day grandfather said: "No, you must 
gather the sap. You can collect the 
must not whistle on ^-mnday!" 

maple trees, but on Sun- 
never whistle as you 
sap as usual, but you 

Thursday, June 25, 193 6 


We were amused tonight when members of the 1934 calss 
of the Milford, N H High School held a reunion in the large 
dining room. Not a very large number attended, but they 
were a jolly group. After dinner some lively speech making 
took piece and the toast master called on each person to 
give a brief account of his or her present occupation. First 
on young lady would stand and announce; " Married and happy." 


Thursday, June 25, 193 6(cont) 

Another on said:" I'm in training to be a nurse". Then a 
young man exclaimed. "Haven't had any work for a year but 
hope something will turn up soon!" So it went on until the 
toast master suggested that the meeting come to a close. 
Before leaving, however, these young people wanted to make 
plans for another reunion next year. They ranted to "com- 
pare notes" again. We hope their next reunion will be at 
Tayside Inn. 

Friday, June 26, 193 6 Pleasant 

Conversations in French, Swedish, Spanish and Ital- 
ian came floating to our ears as twnety-two countries were 
represented in the group of 147 who crrae for dinner this 
evening. It was a group of experts on the subject of soil 
conservation having an International Conference at Harvard 
University. A few wives accompanied the group but the ma- 
jority of the group were men of exceptional ability in 
their own field. A young man from Mexico was especially 
interested and as he went about through the house he acted 
as an interpreter for his wife. One of the Harvard profes- 
sors, Professor Kirk Bryan who teaches Economic Theology, 
expressed his appreciation of the Inn and his interest in 
the Ford organization. He said: "I'm a professor of econom- 
ics and I think Mr Ford is one of the greatest economists 
in the world." 

Saturd&y, June 27, 1936 Pleasant 

The sale of books and post cards has increased con- 
siderably during the past week. Long columns of figures ap- 
pear under the Post Card space on our Daily Nummary cards. 
We sell a great many sets of cards, each set consisting of 
six cards for 25^. The "Story of Mary's Lamb" can be pur- 
chased for 25 cents also and the special edition of the 
"Tales of a Wayside Inn" is popular at $1.75. Miss de Mille 
spends most of her spare time in the morning making up sets 
of post cards and wrapping books. The other morning she had 
prepared a high pile of both books and post card sets when 
a group of 13 ladies descended upon her and the tall piles 
were reduced to a minimum. Miss de Mille had to begin all 
aver again! 

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toutj) Sunburn, |JUss. 

This stamp is put into every cook sold. 


Sunday, June 28, 1936 Pleasant 

"The Sabbath is the golden clasp that binds togeth- 
er the volu-e of the week" 


All was quiet and still near the kitchen window to- 
day, except for the chirping of birds. In the shade of the 
poplar trees were scattered bread crumbs on the grass. Em- 
ma, our cook, puts them there every day. She chirps tp the 
birds, she talks with their., and calls them to her. The birds 
come, they peck and the crusts and carry them away. Few of 
our guests are aware of this. It's something that happens 
quietly and unobtrusively, away from the ttfamp of feet and 
sound of voices in the front part of the house. 

"Do you ne'er think what wondrous beings these? 
Do you ne'er think who made them and who taught 
The dialect they speak, where melodies 
Alone ar e the interpreters of thought? 
"hose household words are songs in many kej^s, 
Sweeter than instrument of man e'er caught! 
"hose habitations in the tree tops even 
Are halfway houses on the road to heaven." 

From Longfellow's Tales cf a Wayside Inn 
The Birds of Killingworth 
The Poet's Tale 

Monday, June 29, 1936 Pleasant 

Bus loads of people came today. Some of them had lunch- 
eon while others, the regular every day Gray Line group, en- 
joyed a tour through the house. The latter group, by the way, 
are some of the most interested visitors we entertain. While 
they must necessarily see the house hurriedly, they appreci- 
ate everything we tell them about it. They say that it is 
the most interesting place they have seen and very often ex- 
press a wish to stay longer. Sometimes they jot down in note 
books the special points of interest and the prices of rooms 
and meals, promising to come again. The ous horn toots, and 
they are off I 

Tuesday, June 30, 1936 Cloudy 

We frequently find useful and informative articles in 
current magazines; articles of interest which could give us 
facts and historical data that we can in turn pass on to our 
onw guests. In the July issue of the Readers Digest is a con- 
densed article written bjr Carl Sandburg on Abraham Lincoln, 
at Gettysburg. He begins by telling about Edward Everett, the 
great orator, Governor of Massachusetts, President of Har- 
vard and one time Ambassador of Great Britain. Mr Sandburg